Derby and Nottingham City Councils are set to launch a new combined ‘Metro’ commercial waste service, offering businesses a high quality, efficient service and boosting market share of Derby’s £47m commercial waste market.

Derby City Council’s Cabinet will be asked on Wednesday 17th January to back proposals for a combined commercial waste service, in the latest development of the Derby-Nottingham Metro Strategy.

Added together Derby and Nottingham is one of UK’s most important urban areas and also one of the top 30 population centres in Europe.  Nottingham City Council currently provide services to close to a quarter of the city’s £20m commercial waste market, meaning business customers can access discounts and a wide range of collection dates and times.

Research undertaken by the two authorities shows that adopting a more commercial focus the Metro service provides real opportunities for both councils, by significantly growing the Council’s share of the £47m Derby market, which presently stands at 3%.

Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, Councillor Asaf Afzal said:

“Commercial waste is an ideal area for us to look at how we can bring benefits to local people and businesses in both Derby and Nottingham through the two City Councils working more closely together. The new ‘Metro’ service demonstrates a true partnership and will maximise potential income which will make a direct contribution to protect frontline public services for residents of Derby and Nottingham.

Sharing services is part of our vision to move beyond efficiency and transform the way local services are delivered for the benefit of communities. It enables local authorities to improve productivity, bringing us closer together to share innovation and learn from each other.”

If approved the new service will start from 1 April 2018 and will be operated by Nottingham City Council.