Amey, the company that provides a range of services, including refuse collection, is the end its contract with Peterborough City Council by mutual consent.
As well as refuse collection, Amey also looks after:
:: Parks, trees and open spaces
:: Property maintenance (including schools) and cleaning
:: Community link and home-to-school transport
The company caused some controversy in Thorney recently by quoting £6,000 to fix a hole in the roof of a bus shelter.
A council spokesman said it could be that these services are split up and separate providers sought for each area. Any new arrangement will allow the council more control over how services are provided and ensure that a percentage of any income generated by services is returned to the council to protect services for residents.
Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for waste and streetscene, said: “I would like to thank Amey for its commitment to providing services for the residents of Peterborough during the past five years. However, it has been clear for some time that our contract is no longer meeting either of our needs and is no longer compatible with the tough financial landscape we are operating in.
“A key driver for the proposal is the council’s current recycling performance, which does not meet the targets set out in the contract. Recycling rates currently sit at 45 per cent and our target is 60 per cent.
“If this proposal is approved, we will look to split up the contract and offer it to different providers in a bid to get better value for money in these areas, more control and greater opportunity to generate income.
“Regardless of what happens, residents should be assured that the continuation of these services and a smooth transfer will be key factor for us in making any decision.
“The contract with Amey will continue until a new service provider is in place. We are expecting this to be in autumn 2018.”