In an effort to raise recycling rates and drive service efficiency the South London Waste Partnership has started a contract with Environmental Waste Controls (EWC).
The 14-year contract will see six of the seven reuse and recycling centres throughout the partnership boroughs managed by EWC, which will put advisors onsite to inform residents about recycling.
Recyclable materials will be sent to Viridors materials recycling facility at Crayford, while kitchen and garden waste will be turned into compost at its Beddington site. Residual waste will go to Viridors Beddington landfill site.
Viridor regional director for the south east Graham Warren said: We are delighted to be working with the South London Waste Partnership because it shows how councils can work effectively in partnership and with the private sector for the benefit of the communities we serve.
Fortunately the boroughs are strong on recycling already, however their efforts have to be supported with the necessary infrastructure to continue their good progress and Viridor is well placed to provide that support.
South London Waste Partnership chairman councillor Derek Osbourne said: "We will not only increase our recycling rate, but will also receive 85% of the profits that Viridor will make on pre-sorted recycling materials, recognising their value as a resource rather than waste. We can then plough this money back into further improving the waste and recycling services we offer our residents."
Image: Kitchen and garden waste will be turned into compost