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Boomeco wins Bristol waste wood contract

Bristol City Council has renewed Boomeco’s contract to recycle waste wood in the city for two years in a deal unrelated to the company’s problem of sorting material at Avonmouth docks.

The waste wood processing firm had held the contract for around 12 months and immediately begins its new tenure.

Boomeco had its permit to store bales of material at Avonmouth docks withdrawn by the Environment Agency (EA) earlier this year after a severe fly infestation. However, a council spokesman told MRW that the issues at Avonmouth docks related to another part of Boomeco’s operations and that the council waste wood contract was a small part of its business.

The council said that Boomeco’s tender had been the most financially and environmentally competitive and had passed “several rigorous tests including environmental risk assessments and analysis of their equipment and waste treatment processes”.

It will require Boomeco to provide monthly reports on its arrangements and operations, including details of any complaints and copies of EA inspection reports. The council will also reserve the right to inspect the site and its operations at any time.

Cllr Gus Hoyt, assistant mayor for neighbourhoods said: “This is a good value contract which will make sure we continue to recycle the city’s waste wood in an efficient way which has minimal environmental impacts.  

“It goes without saying that we expect and demand a high standard of service and will keep a very close eye to make sure operations are problem-free and any issues are dealt with quickly and properly.”

In July, the council gave Boomeco permission to resume exporting bales of Refuse Derived Fuel, but it was not allowed to store the material on the docks and had to transport it directly onto waiting cargo ships.

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