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Another council contract for UPM

Paper products firm UPM has signed-up another local council to supply commingled recycling to its Shotton MRF.

Warrington Borough Council has become UPM’s fourth commingled contract. The two-year contract will see the council send household recyables to the UPM’s MRF sited alongside the country’s largest recycled newsprint mill.

UPM says its new facility, which opened in 2011, “achieves some of the best recovery rates in the UK” sending 80% of recovered recyclables for reprocessing within a few miles of the site.

The new deal means Warrington residents will be able to recycle more items, including shredded paper, aerosols, Tetrapak cartons and a wider range of plastics. 

Mike Burgess, national sourcing manager for UPM said: “Our integrated recycling approach ensures that not only can we recover recyclable materials at a very high rate but we also recycle material on our own site. UPM Shotton has been called a benchmark for sustainable manufacturing, with reduced CO2 emissions and a focus on minimising waste.”

Cllr David Keane, executive board member for environment and public protection for Warrington council, said the contract will save money and allow them to recycle more than ever. He said money made from higher prices paid for recyclables will be reinvested in local services.

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