From left, councillor Sam Chapman-Allen from Breckland Council, West Norfolk Council leader Brian Long and councillor Nigel Lloyd, from North Norfolk District Council.

A new household waste and recycling collection contract has been put in place for West Norfolk residents.

Serco, which already operates for North Norfolk, will take on West Norfolk and Breckland when collections start next month.

The three councils teamed-up to appoint Serco and a £230m contract is set to run for around eight years initially.

There are no proposed changes for collections across the borough.

West Norfolk Council leader, Brian Long, said: “Working jointly has meant we can offer an improved service and take advantage of cross-district collection rounds. 

“This drives greater efficiency and lower emissions. The contract also includes some electric and hybrid vehicles helping us towards our goal of carbon neutrality.”

Serco will be collecting household general waste bins and recycling bins on alternate weeks, as well as offering a bulky waste collections service. 

Investment has been pledged for shared IT systems, which will make it easier for people to book additional services online, such as garden waste collections.

A new fleet of bin collection trucks and other vehicles is due to be rolled out which will include reduced emissions and hybrid vehicles.

Stuart Dark, borough council cabinet member for environmental services and public protection said: “This new contract will use the same routes as the current one and, I’m pleased to see, all current bin crew have transferred to the new contract. 

“The same crew who have worked so hard during the pandemic will continue to collect your bins on your usual collection day.”