A recycling banks contract worth £1.5m a year has been awarded to J&B Recycling to operate the first ever standardised scheme across the Teesside area.
Previously each of the five local authorities - Hartlepool, Stockton, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland - had a separate company managing their bring sites. Collections will start this month and next, and the contract is for three years with the option of a two year extension.
As the new deal has economy of scale it should save the councils money. Recycling should be improved as the banks have also been simplified with just one container per recyclate: glass, paper, cardboard, cans, plastics and textiles.
There will be fewer containers at each of the 76 sites as, for example, instead of having several containers for different glass colours there will be just one.
Managing Director Vikki Jackson-Smith (shown here) said: “It is the first time there have been standardised sites across the region. Because there’s less containers, there’s likely to be far less congestion at the sites as we have increased the frequency of collections.
“We expect the new containers will increase participation from the public because it’s very clear as to what goes where.”
The containers have been manufactured by Eggbert Taylors and have different loading apertures depending on the material type. They are also installed with locking posts for added security.
J & B Recycling has also won a £300,000 a year contract to collect and manage waste from Middlesbrough Borough Council buildings. J&B will provide up to three waste collections a week from more than 80 locations.