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Costain scheme boosts Greater Manchester recycling

Greater Manchester has achieved a 50% recycling rate at the ‘super recycling sites’ built under its £397m construction contract.

Design-and-build contractor Costain has now completed all 24 of the household waste recycling sites in the contract.

User satisfaction with the sites is said to have hit an all-time high and the recycling and composting rate has increased from 21% in 2004/5 to 50% in 2010/11.

Costain’s contract with Viridor Laing covers 42 facilities across 27 sites. As well as the HWRCs, these include mechanical biological treatment plants, in-vessel composting plants and a materials recovery facility.

Just five facilities remain to be built and, with the exception of Bolton IVC, the team hopes to have finished commissioning the remaining plants by Christmas.

Costain intends to be off site within three years of beginning the programme to boost the area’s recycling and composting performance in April 2009.

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