Durham County Council (DCC) was established as a unitary authority in 2009. It is now the 6th largest authority in England covering 226,000 hectares, with 237,500 properties and has a population of 515,348.


As a unitary authority, control of all waste collection and disposal arrangements now rests with DCC. Following the establishment of the single authority a wide range of efficiency measures were put in place to take advantage of the removal of operational boundaries allied to the previous two tier arrangement. One such measure was the introduction of a consistent waste and recycling collection service.

Following a phased roll out all households were provided with an alternate weekly collection of residual waste and a two stream dry recyclate collection.

Benefits have included:

  • An increase in recycling;
  • High levels of satisfaction amongst residents; and
  • Cost savings associated with route optimisation, vehicle and staffing reductions, and rationalisation of depots.

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  • Consistency in recycling collections in County Durham

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