Waste firm dumped after 20 years

Councillor Martin Terry outside the council's household waste recycling centre in Stock Road, Southend

Councillor Martin Terry outside the council's household waste recycling centre in Stock Road, Southend

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THE firm collecting rubbish off the streets of Southend for the past 20 years has been binned over concerns it won't recycle enough waste.

Southend Council has dumped Cory Environmental and is seeking a new firm to clean streets and collect bins from October next year.

Cory recycled 53 per cent of household waste last year and was on track for the council target of 60 per cent by the end of its contract next September.

However, the council is facing a £3million landfill tax bill this year and Cory failed to convince officers it could recycle more and reduce the tax – which is based on how much rubbish is sent to dumps and not recycled.

Martin Terry, Southend councillor responsible for waste, said: “Southend has a good track record in waste and recycling, which is reflected in recycling rates above the national average and negligible missed collections.

“However, we are committed to getting the best deal we can for Southend’s council tax payers and regularly invite the market to compete for major contracts.

“The council’s contract with our current supplier, Cory, expires next year, without the option of extension.

“Seven firms have bid for the contract, of which four have been shortlisted. Cory was not on the shortlist.

“It is very important to note that Cory staff will be transferred over to the new contractor.

“The council recognises and values the good work and achievements of Cory over the past 20 years and will continue to work closely with them over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.”

Contractors Serco and Urbaser also failed to make the cut in the pre-qualification stage of the bidding process, with Sita, which collects waste in Rochford, Amey LG, Biffa and Veolia still in the running. The winner will be announced early next year.

Rochford District Council recycles 66.82 per cent of household waste – the highest rate in the country.

New EU guidelines being brought in may mean separate recycling bins are needed for paper, metal, glass and plastic and the council has asked bidders to outline their approach to dealing with this as part of their bid. But black bags will be collected every week until at least November 2017.

The council expects to pay little land fill tax next year as almost all waste will be sent to the huge new treatment site being built in Cortauld Road, Basildon.

Cory Environmental declined to comment.

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6:34pm Tue 12 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Perhaps a fatter brown envelope to Martin will ensure Cory get the next contract...
Perhaps a fatter brown envelope to Martin will ensure Cory get the next contract... sesibollox
  • Score: 7

6:40pm Tue 12 Aug 14

chillyfeet says...

Cory should be congratulated as they have done a wonderful job cleaning the streets of Southend and collecting household waste and whoever gets the job will have their work cut out.
I live near Southend Airport and cars regularly dump waste from their Macdonalds takeaways out of their cars in the road.

Littering fines should be upped as a deterrent and more people prosecuted for the offence.

Residents should have more pride in their local area,

When I walk my dog I pick up tin cans and all sorts on my walk.
Cory should be congratulated as they have done a wonderful job cleaning the streets of Southend and collecting household waste and whoever gets the job will have their work cut out. I live near Southend Airport and cars regularly dump waste from their Macdonalds takeaways out of their cars in the road. Littering fines should be upped as a deterrent and more people prosecuted for the offence. Residents should have more pride in their local area, When I walk my dog I pick up tin cans and all sorts on my walk. chillyfeet
  • Score: 24

6:44pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Bosniavet says...

sesibollox wrote:
Perhaps a fatter brown envelope to Martin will ensure Cory get the next contract...
Are you able to back up your accusation with proof? I am sure we would all be very interested to read the proof of such criminal activity by councillors & contractors you may have......
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Perhaps a fatter brown envelope to Martin will ensure Cory get the next contract...[/p][/quote]Are you able to back up your accusation with proof? I am sure we would all be very interested to read the proof of such criminal activity by councillors & contractors you may have...... Bosniavet
  • Score: 13

6:53pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

It might be the case, that Cory have become complacent to it's responsibilities regarding recycling.
It might be the case, that Cory have become complacent to it's responsibilities regarding recycling. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: -3

6:59pm Tue 12 Aug 14

the25man says...

Bosniavet wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Perhaps a fatter brown envelope to Martin will ensure Cory get the next contract...
Are you able to back up your accusation with proof? I am sure we would all be very interested to read the proof of such criminal activity by councillors & contractors you may have......
Even the Christmas bottle has to be declared by Council Officers so a brown envelope has long since gone.
Sorry Cory is going as they were one of the first Companies to take on Council rubbish collections.
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Perhaps a fatter brown envelope to Martin will ensure Cory get the next contract...[/p][/quote]Are you able to back up your accusation with proof? I am sure we would all be very interested to read the proof of such criminal activity by councillors & contractors you may have......[/p][/quote]Even the Christmas bottle has to be declared by Council Officers so a brown envelope has long since gone. Sorry Cory is going as they were one of the first Companies to take on Council rubbish collections. the25man
  • Score: 8

7:31pm Tue 12 Aug 14

chunkus04 says...

bout time another firm had a go at it.. i hope the service improves with the change...
bout time another firm had a go at it.. i hope the service improves with the change... chunkus04
  • Score: -2

7:38pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Audioman says...

A note to the council don't pay the landfill tax
simple as that a lot of councils don't pay it
anyway.
A note to the council don't pay the landfill tax simple as that a lot of councils don't pay it anyway. Audioman
  • Score: 3

7:48pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

High time Cory were ousted, they've had it for far too long, and have become sloppy.
High time Cory were ousted, they've had it for far too long, and have become sloppy. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: -4

7:52pm Tue 12 Aug 14

jolllyboy says...

Doesnt help that the roadside large bins have been removed and so tipping in the same spot has been noted.
If we have to separate the recycling stuff more than we do I shall not do it as I do not have the space ! Southend is pretty good at recycling and about time the EU were told to butt out. We joined the Common Market not the EU when we voted - politicians are responsible for the rest !
Doesnt help that the roadside large bins have been removed and so tipping in the same spot has been noted. If we have to separate the recycling stuff more than we do I shall not do it as I do not have the space ! Southend is pretty good at recycling and about time the EU were told to butt out. We joined the Common Market not the EU when we voted - politicians are responsible for the rest ! jolllyboy
  • Score: 5

8:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

PETER J JONES says...

Bosniavet wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Perhaps a fatter brown envelope to Martin will ensure Cory get the next contract...
Are you able to back up your accusation with proof? I am sure we would all be very interested to read the proof of such criminal activity by councillors & contractors you may have......
I agree, I am sure a very large envelope was used !!

CORY do a good job !!
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Perhaps a fatter brown envelope to Martin will ensure Cory get the next contract...[/p][/quote]Are you able to back up your accusation with proof? I am sure we would all be very interested to read the proof of such criminal activity by councillors & contractors you may have......[/p][/quote]I agree, I am sure a very large envelope was used !! CORY do a good job !! PETER J JONES
  • Score: 3

8:20pm Tue 12 Aug 14

PETER J JONES says...

chillyfeet wrote:
Cory should be congratulated as they have done a wonderful job cleaning the streets of Southend and collecting household waste and whoever gets the job will have their work cut out.
I live near Southend Airport and cars regularly dump waste from their Macdonalds takeaways out of their cars in the road.

Littering fines should be upped as a deterrent and more people prosecuted for the offence.

Residents should have more pride in their local area,

When I walk my dog I pick up tin cans and all sorts on my walk.
I agree with you 100%. Why fix it if it ain't broke !!

Personally seen the CORY bin men going the extra mile to keep streets clean of litter !!

Southend Council, BIG MISTAKE !!
[quote][p][bold]chillyfeet[/bold] wrote: Cory should be congratulated as they have done a wonderful job cleaning the streets of Southend and collecting household waste and whoever gets the job will have their work cut out. I live near Southend Airport and cars regularly dump waste from their Macdonalds takeaways out of their cars in the road. Littering fines should be upped as a deterrent and more people prosecuted for the offence. Residents should have more pride in their local area, When I walk my dog I pick up tin cans and all sorts on my walk.[/p][/quote]I agree with you 100%. Why fix it if it ain't broke !! Personally seen the CORY bin men going the extra mile to keep streets clean of litter !! Southend Council, BIG MISTAKE !! PETER J JONES
  • Score: 21

9:45pm Tue 12 Aug 14

another council tax payer says...

If my road in Westcliff is a reflection on the borough I suspect the lacklustre approach of many to actually using the pink bags and blue bins to recycle, corys are not solely to blame for the landfill costs
If my road in Westcliff is a reflection on the borough I suspect the lacklustre approach of many to actually using the pink bags and blue bins to recycle, corys are not solely to blame for the landfill costs another council tax payer
  • Score: 8

10:15pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Southchurch75 says...

I think Cory do a good job, so whichever firm takes over will have a lot to live up to. Southend Council have to cut their budget these next few years and I suspect that Cory were unwilling to reduce their costs as they probably run to fairly tight margins. If a firm can come in at this stage and do it much more cheaply, then corners will be cut and standards and overall service will fall. Collections will be reduced, residents will be asked to do more whilst paying more council tax and rats and foxes will become even more prevalent on the streets. In the meantime, councillors and council staff will remain in situ with very generous allowances, salaries, and final salary pension schemes costing a fortune while the rest of us suffer. Apocalypse now!!
I think Cory do a good job, so whichever firm takes over will have a lot to live up to. Southend Council have to cut their budget these next few years and I suspect that Cory were unwilling to reduce their costs as they probably run to fairly tight margins. If a firm can come in at this stage and do it much more cheaply, then corners will be cut and standards and overall service will fall. Collections will be reduced, residents will be asked to do more whilst paying more council tax and rats and foxes will become even more prevalent on the streets. In the meantime, councillors and council staff will remain in situ with very generous allowances, salaries, and final salary pension schemes costing a fortune while the rest of us suffer. Apocalypse now!! Southchurch75
  • Score: 11

10:49pm Tue 12 Aug 14

emcee says...

I pay my council tax for the council to remove my rubbish from my home. Where is goes from there on I do not care, recycling, landfill, energy production, it is no skin off nose what happens to it.
Cory has done exactly what my tax £s is pays them to do and I have had no problems whatsoever. I feel they have done a good job in domestic waste collection.
HOWEVER, street cleaning is another matter. Southend is becoming visibly dirter. Litter and other mess (e.g. dog cr*p) is becoming more prevalent and, even though Joe Public needs to be more responsible with the rubbish he discards, the street cleaning department employed to clean up after the less responsible in the town seems not to have been doing too well lately.
So, I say keep the domestic collection arrangements as is. Give the street cleaning sector a good kick up the backside if needs be but the council are going to shoot themselves in the foot (as they have often done in the past) if they try and fix stuff that really is not that broke.
I pay my council tax for the council to remove my rubbish from my home. Where is goes from there on I do not care, recycling, landfill, energy production, it is no skin off nose what happens to it. Cory has done exactly what my tax £s is pays them to do and I have had no problems whatsoever. I feel they have done a good job in domestic waste collection. HOWEVER, street cleaning is another matter. Southend is becoming visibly dirter. Litter and other mess (e.g. dog cr*p) is becoming more prevalent and, even though Joe Public needs to be more responsible with the rubbish he discards, the street cleaning department employed to clean up after the less responsible in the town seems not to have been doing too well lately. So, I say keep the domestic collection arrangements as is. Give the street cleaning sector a good kick up the backside if needs be but the council are going to shoot themselves in the foot (as they have often done in the past) if they try and fix stuff that really is not that broke. emcee
  • Score: 6

7:48am Wed 13 Aug 14

another council tax payer says...

emcee wrote:
I pay my council tax for the council to remove my rubbish from my home. Where is goes from there on I do not care, recycling, landfill, energy production, it is no skin off nose what happens to it.
Cory has done exactly what my tax £s is pays them to do and I have had no problems whatsoever. I feel they have done a good job in domestic waste collection.
HOWEVER, street cleaning is another matter. Southend is becoming visibly dirter. Litter and other mess (e.g. dog cr*p) is becoming more prevalent and, even though Joe Public needs to be more responsible with the rubbish he discards, the street cleaning department employed to clean up after the less responsible in the town seems not to have been doing too well lately.
So, I say keep the domestic collection arrangements as is. Give the street cleaning sector a good kick up the backside if needs be but the council are going to shoot themselves in the foot (as they have often done in the past) if they try and fix stuff that really is not that broke.
I find your comment rather contradictory you care not where your rubbish ends up but `joe public` needs to more responsible priceless
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: I pay my council tax for the council to remove my rubbish from my home. Where is goes from there on I do not care, recycling, landfill, energy production, it is no skin off nose what happens to it. Cory has done exactly what my tax £s is pays them to do and I have had no problems whatsoever. I feel they have done a good job in domestic waste collection. HOWEVER, street cleaning is another matter. Southend is becoming visibly dirter. Litter and other mess (e.g. dog cr*p) is becoming more prevalent and, even though Joe Public needs to be more responsible with the rubbish he discards, the street cleaning department employed to clean up after the less responsible in the town seems not to have been doing too well lately. So, I say keep the domestic collection arrangements as is. Give the street cleaning sector a good kick up the backside if needs be but the council are going to shoot themselves in the foot (as they have often done in the past) if they try and fix stuff that really is not that broke.[/p][/quote]I find your comment rather contradictory you care not where your rubbish ends up but `joe public` needs to more responsible priceless another council tax payer
  • Score: -4

9:00am Wed 13 Aug 14

ddf35 says...

I'd like Southend to recycle more, but i do hope we wont get a wheelie bin system as i think that would make things awkward at my flat with the 4 other flats who dont bother...
I'd like Southend to recycle more, but i do hope we wont get a wheelie bin system as i think that would make things awkward at my flat with the 4 other flats who dont bother... ddf35
  • Score: 3

9:01am Wed 13 Aug 14

ddf35 says...

.... e.g. if we had communal bins they would fill up the non recycling bin with their food waste and everything that you're meant to recycle and overall i would cause tension. and seeing as they can't park, smoke weed and dont give a **** about anyone else, not sure i want more reason to want to throw things at them...
.... e.g. if we had communal bins they would fill up the non recycling bin with their food waste and everything that you're meant to recycle and overall i would cause tension. and seeing as they can't park, smoke weed and dont give a **** about anyone else, not sure i want more reason to want to throw things at them... ddf35
  • Score: 4

11:04am Wed 13 Aug 14

Realworld says...

emcee wrote:
I pay my council tax for the council to remove my rubbish from my home. Where is goes from there on I do not care, recycling, landfill, energy production, it is no skin off nose what happens to it.
Cory has done exactly what my tax £s is pays them to do and I have had no problems whatsoever. I feel they have done a good job in domestic waste collection.
HOWEVER, street cleaning is another matter. Southend is becoming visibly dirter. Litter and other mess (e.g. dog cr*p) is becoming more prevalent and, even though Joe Public needs to be more responsible with the rubbish he discards, the street cleaning department employed to clean up after the less responsible in the town seems not to have been doing too well lately.
So, I say keep the domestic collection arrangements as is. Give the street cleaning sector a good kick up the backside if needs be but the council are going to shoot themselves in the foot (as they have often done in the past) if they try and fix stuff that really is not that broke.
Cory do a good job with street cleaning - if it wasn't for the imbeciles that choose to litter the streets and dump the waste then we wouldn't quite so many people to clean the highways. It's the complete and utter lack of any consequences for illegal actions from Southend Council that is to blame.

Ask the council how many fixed penalty notices they have issued for dumped waste, litter, dog fouling, flyposting or grafitti...... Call it a shot in the dark but I'm betting that number is pretty low!
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: I pay my council tax for the council to remove my rubbish from my home. Where is goes from there on I do not care, recycling, landfill, energy production, it is no skin off nose what happens to it. Cory has done exactly what my tax £s is pays them to do and I have had no problems whatsoever. I feel they have done a good job in domestic waste collection. HOWEVER, street cleaning is another matter. Southend is becoming visibly dirter. Litter and other mess (e.g. dog cr*p) is becoming more prevalent and, even though Joe Public needs to be more responsible with the rubbish he discards, the street cleaning department employed to clean up after the less responsible in the town seems not to have been doing too well lately. So, I say keep the domestic collection arrangements as is. Give the street cleaning sector a good kick up the backside if needs be but the council are going to shoot themselves in the foot (as they have often done in the past) if they try and fix stuff that really is not that broke.[/p][/quote]Cory do a good job with street cleaning - if it wasn't for the imbeciles that choose to litter the streets and dump the waste then we wouldn't quite so many people to clean the highways. It's the complete and utter lack of any consequences for illegal actions from Southend Council that is to blame. Ask the council how many fixed penalty notices they have issued for dumped waste, litter, dog fouling, flyposting or grafitti...... Call it a shot in the dark but I'm betting that number is pretty low! Realworld
  • Score: 4

11:08am Wed 13 Aug 14

Realworld says...

chunkus04 wrote:
bout time another firm had a go at it.. i hope the service improves with the change...
Guess as you cannot spell "about" then you spend most mornings watching Jeremy Kyle and therfore can't put your sacks out on time... never your fault though eh?
[quote][p][bold]chunkus04[/bold] wrote: bout time another firm had a go at it.. i hope the service improves with the change...[/p][/quote]Guess as you cannot spell "about" then you spend most mornings watching Jeremy Kyle and therfore can't put your sacks out on time... never your fault though eh? Realworld
  • Score: 2

11:09am Wed 13 Aug 14

The Macduffian says...

I would like to give my view on this, we started three years ago having recycling up here, a different container for different types of waste, the take up was not good, as people did not have the space to keep different containers inside, recently it was changed again the reasoning was the lorry compartments were a problem if one section was filled the lorry had to go and empty, therefore a waste of time, now we have one wheelie bin for everything for recycling including cardboard, food waste goes in a small caddy, all it means is l extra bin inside, so we have recycling and food waste on week, normal wheelie bin and food waste the next, with house conversions each flat has two bins, seems to work, also all done by council which is great together with a fleet of pavement sweeping machines
I would like to give my view on this, we started three years ago having recycling up here, a different container for different types of waste, the take up was not good, as people did not have the space to keep different containers inside, recently it was changed again the reasoning was the lorry compartments were a problem if one section was filled the lorry had to go and empty, therefore a waste of time, now we have one wheelie bin for everything for recycling including cardboard, food waste goes in a small caddy, all it means is l extra bin inside, so we have recycling and food waste on week, normal wheelie bin and food waste the next, with house conversions each flat has two bins, seems to work, also all done by council which is great together with a fleet of pavement sweeping machines The Macduffian
  • Score: 1

1:21pm Wed 13 Aug 14

RobertFS says...

chillyfeet wrote:
Cory should be congratulated as they have done a wonderful job cleaning the streets of Southend and collecting household waste and whoever gets the job will have their work cut out. I live near Southend Airport and cars regularly dump waste from their Macdonalds takeaways out of their cars in the road. Littering fines should be upped as a deterrent and more people prosecuted for the offence. Residents should have more pride in their local area, When I walk my dog I pick up tin cans and all sorts on my walk.
it would be good for the environment if the binmen picked up the odd bottle or can left by the roadside when doing their collections or those other employees cutting the grass verges did the same. just add a bag onto the back of their grass cutter.
[quote][p][bold]chillyfeet[/bold] wrote: Cory should be congratulated as they have done a wonderful job cleaning the streets of Southend and collecting household waste and whoever gets the job will have their work cut out. I live near Southend Airport and cars regularly dump waste from their Macdonalds takeaways out of their cars in the road. Littering fines should be upped as a deterrent and more people prosecuted for the offence. Residents should have more pride in their local area, When I walk my dog I pick up tin cans and all sorts on my walk.[/p][/quote]it would be good for the environment if the binmen picked up the odd bottle or can left by the roadside when doing their collections or those other employees cutting the grass verges did the same. just add a bag onto the back of their grass cutter. RobertFS
  • Score: 1

8:16pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Purple Om 89-91 says...

The binmen who take away our domestic refuse in leigh seem to be very understaffed and overworked. Surely they shouldn't have to run down the road to keep up? Too me, it kinda looks like there being taken the p'ss out off by they're employer.
The binmen who take away our domestic refuse in leigh seem to be very understaffed and overworked. Surely they shouldn't have to run down the road to keep up? Too me, it kinda looks like there being taken the p'ss out off by they're employer. Purple Om 89-91
  • Score: 2

9:19pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Kursaal76 says...

Our recycling got worse when southend council decided to stop giving away black bags, most residents just use the pink sacks now for there household rubbish and just put it with the recycling stuff because they are to lazy. we also have food waste bins outside most blocks but again my neighbours just put there normal waste in it.
Our recycling got worse when southend council decided to stop giving away black bags, most residents just use the pink sacks now for there household rubbish and just put it with the recycling stuff because they are to lazy. we also have food waste bins outside most blocks but again my neighbours just put there normal waste in it. Kursaal76
  • Score: 3

10:52pm Wed 13 Aug 14

CaptainBlackadder says...

Kursaal76 wrote:
Our recycling got worse when southend council decided to stop giving away black bags, most residents just use the pink sacks now for there household rubbish and just put it with the recycling stuff because they are to lazy. we also have food waste bins outside most blocks but again my neighbours just put there normal waste in it.
Noticed that round my way as well,people put food waste in red sacks so recycling trucks won't take them but neither will normal refuse trucks as all they take are black sacks so therefore they just get left on pavement to rot and get torn apart by the local cats and foxes.
[quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: Our recycling got worse when southend council decided to stop giving away black bags, most residents just use the pink sacks now for there household rubbish and just put it with the recycling stuff because they are to lazy. we also have food waste bins outside most blocks but again my neighbours just put there normal waste in it.[/p][/quote]Noticed that round my way as well,people put food waste in red sacks so recycling trucks won't take them but neither will normal refuse trucks as all they take are black sacks so therefore they just get left on pavement to rot and get torn apart by the local cats and foxes. CaptainBlackadder
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Firestormgjc says...

When I have spoken to people from other areas about the system of pink sack for all recyclable waste, Blue bins for food and the black sack for whatever is left , they generally say that its better than the system they have, which is mainly separate open crates for card , Plastic and glass, with any other recyclable stuff (fabric etc) being required to be taken to a specific location.
The recycling target is not Corys fault primarily, I was told by a waste supervisor recently that some roads in southend, mainly those with residents who are newer to the borough, there is hardly a pink sack to be seen on refuse collection day.

The current system is geared to be the easiest for the residents to follow , with regards to recycling, compliance is the issue, and ensuring that people know what to do and that they stick to it.
When I have spoken to people from other areas about the system of pink sack for all recyclable waste, Blue bins for food and the black sack for whatever is left , they generally say that its better than the system they have, which is mainly separate open crates for card , Plastic and glass, with any other recyclable stuff (fabric etc) being required to be taken to a specific location. The recycling target is not Corys fault primarily, I was told by a waste supervisor recently that some roads in southend, mainly those with residents who are newer to the borough, there is hardly a pink sack to be seen on refuse collection day. The current system is geared to be the easiest for the residents to follow , with regards to recycling, compliance is the issue, and ensuring that people know what to do and that they stick to it. Firestormgjc
  • Score: 1

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