A local authority has awarded an interim contract to continue with the collection of commingled materials for a further 18 months.
As part of the agreement, Viridor will continue to process and sell commingled recyclate for Bournemouth Borough Council. The council had already been under a six-year contract with the firm.
New waste regulations, which came into force on 1 January, mandate the separate collection of recyclable materials if necessary to achieve high-quality recycling and technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP). Commingled collections are not ruled out, the Environment Agency has said in a briefing note, but councils need to prove that a robust analysis of their systems has been undertaken.
A council spokesman told MRW: “The council is utilising the Waste Regulations Route Map to undertake the necessity test and the practicability (TEEP) test. Once completed, Bournemouth Borough Council will be confident that a robust process has been followed.”
Under the contract, kerbside collections from 18 wards in the Bournemouth area will be taken to a Viridor MRF. Dry recyclable materials from households in these wards total more than 17,000 tonnes annually.
Simon Prior, Viridor commercial manager, said: “We are very pleased to continue our ongoing relationship with Bournemouth. This has given us more opportunities to continue our quest to give the world’s resources new life and help the council improve its recycling rate.”
Reg Hutton, head of operations for Bournemouth Borough Council’s street services, said: “We look forward to continue working with Viridor during this period to improve our recycling rates and maintain the comprehensive service for residents.”