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Abitibi have got Middlesbrough covered

All 55,000 homes in Middlesbrough will be covered by the roll-out of a multi-material kerbside recycling initiative.

The move follows a successful tender to the town’s council by Abitibi-Consolidated Recycling Europe (ACRE) while midway through a 10,000 home trial.

With an extended kerbside scheme, the recycling rate is expected to go through the 15% barrier by the end of the year, with newspapers and magazines, glass bottles and jars, food and drinks cans, aluminium foil and textiles all collected.

ACRE managing director Ron Humphreys said: “Wherever we introduce a multi-material kerbside collection scheme, paper tonnages rise, generally accounting for around 60% of the total. We would expect Middlesbrough’s total multi-materials tonnage for the year to be around 4,500 tonnes.”

The move represents another milestone in the seven year relationship between the two entities, with Middlesbrough the first council in the north-east to trial the company’s blue bag kerbside scheme in the late 1990s. The ensuing collection frequency switch from monthly to fortnightly allowed recycling rates to double to 10%.

Middlesbrough Council waste services manager Ken Sherwood said: “The goal of Middlesbrough Council continues to be to maximise its recycling performance by offering customer focused sustainable recycling collections.

“ACRE has been the council’s chosen partner for its kerbside collections of recyclables and together with its local agent, Ward’s, the residents of Middlesbrough are benefiting from a reliable collection service which complements the other waste services the council provides.”

Through its partnerships with companies such as Berryman Glass, Novelis Recycling, Corus and Salvation Army Trading, ACRE also provides a secure and sustainable market for the materials collected.

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