Materials recycler Newport Paper has signed a four year contract with the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership to buy and reprocess its newspapers and magazines.
According to Newport this contract is one of the largest single contracts in the UK with up to 50,000 tonnes of recovered paper to manage each year.
The waste partnership recycled more than 200,000 tonnes of waste in 2007/08 giving a recycling rate of 38.5%.
Newport Paper said it won the contract by guaranteeing a market leading purchase price over the term of the contract. It was able to do this because it has a strong relationship with Stora Enso Langerbrugge, one of Europes largest paper mills.
Newport Paper managing director Matthew Hoare added: Were delighted to have won this new contract, especially given its size. Im sure this type of contract will increase in popularity because of the economies of scale that can be achieved with one supplier being used across a county.
"By recycling over 250,000 tonnes of recovered material, Newport Paper is now one of the biggest reprocessors of recyclate in the UK market.
Councils in the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership are:
* Hertfordshire County Council
* Broxbourne Borough Council
* Dacorum Borough Council
* East Herts District Council
* Hertsmere Borough Council
* North Hertfordshire District Council
* St. Albans City and District Council
* Stevenage Borough Council
* Three Rivers District Council
* Watford Council
* Welwyn Hatfield Council