Northamptonshire waste firm faces fine from councils

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A waste collection firm in Northamptonshire is to be fined by two councils for "poor performance".

Enterprise Managed Services (EMS) provides weekly waste bin collections for Northampton and Daventry.

But councils in the towns said since the company took over in 2011 there have been complaints of poor performance.

The local authorities will impose penalties for April and May 2012 because of missed bin collections.

'Too many complaints'

According to the council, the company also did not deal adequately with fly-tipping and graffiti.

EMS was unavailable for comment but the fine could be as high as £250,000.

The exact figure is currently being negotiated by the councils and EMS.

David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: "One year on, we are still hearing far too many complaints from local people.

"We have made it clear that we cannot put up with this poor performance."

Chris Millar, leader of Daventry District Council, said: "Any financial deductions made as part of this contract will be used by the council to assist with the future provision of services whilst maintaining our low level of council tax."

Northampton Borough Council said it will also carry out an independent review of the contract.

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