Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent waste route changes threaten 24 jobs

Changes to waste and recycling services in Stoke on Trent will put 24 jobs at risk, a council has said.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council said the new system, which will include new routes and be introduced in September, could save about £350,000.

Cabinet member for city services and green enterprises Andy Platt said: "The changes will mean a reduction in vehicles and staff."

Staff are being consulted on the plans over the next month.

A spokesperson said the number of staff in that council department would reduce from 102 to 78.

Mr Platt said: "We have some vacancies and, where we can, we will support staff to find other jobs.

"We will also offer the option of voluntary redundancy."

The council said the present waste and recycling collection routes were set up in 2007 but the geography of the city had since changed.

Waste collection cost the authority £4.3m in the year 2012-13, but it has set a budget of £3.8m for 2013-14.

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