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EWC wins North Yorks contract

Environmental Waste Controls has won a major new contract from North Yorkshire County Council to manage 16 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs). The company said the agreement will involve it taking on an extra 70 recycling staff, bringing its total workforce to 220.

Under the contract, EWC has taken over all operations and transport for most of North Yorkshire's HWRCs, including waste segregation for re-use, recycling and composting. The company is providing all equipment, plant, vehicles and staff for each site.

EWC said it aims to achieve a minimum level of 60% recycling in North Yorkshire helped by systems such as CCTV, Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) as well as German compacting technology from Husmann. Staff will be trained to advise on pre-sorting and recycling at each site, the company added.

EWC technical director Kevin Wood said: "The contract demonstrates the growing requirement among local authorities for a waste and recycling service that is tailored to their individual requirements and that exceeds government expectations in terms of targets and cost control."

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