Arc21 has awarded a contract for household collections said to be worth up to £15m to Bryson Recycling, part of the Bryson Charitable Group and one of Northern Ireland’s principal social enterprise businesses.
The umbrella waste management group for six councils in the east of Northern Ireland looks after 250,000 households.
The contract for up to four years is for mixed dry recyclable materials with separately collected mixed glass collections for Antrim and Newtownabbey, Ards and North Down, Belfast City, Lisburn and Castlereagh, Mid and East Antrim and Newry Mourne and Down Councils.
The Larne area falls under the Mid and East Antrim Council boundary and will have its mixed glass collected separately from the comingled dry recyclables at the kerbside in split body 26-tonne RCVs.
A second lot from arc21 was awarded to ReGen Waste, and comprises mixed dry recyclable material inclusive of glass applicable to a specific area of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council only.
Bryson, which processes 60% of the materials collected from homes in Northern Ireland, will now invest £250,000 in its MRF in Mallusk.
Director Eric Randall said the contract secures the jobs of 75 staff and demonstrated “that social enterprises can deliver high-quality, efficient and cost-effective public services”.
“We are committed to working with local buyers and more than 35% of the materials we handle are recycled in Northern Ireland, helping to support local jobs and the economy.”
Ricky Burnett, policy and operations director of arc21, said: “We are very pleased to have successfully concluded this procurement which will ultimately result in more material from all six of our constituent councils being recycled.”