A waste company has won a five-year contract to export Jersey's recyclable waste. Reclamait will handle and export the island's cardboard, paper, newspapers, magazines and plastic bottles to UK recyclers. The subsidised contract was awarded following a tough tendering process. Jersey measures just nine miles by five and has a population of 87,000. It has one major recycling centre and 11 smaller sites, but more recycling points are planned. States of Jersey recycling officer John Rive said: "This contract will allow us to expand the number of recyclable materials we can export. Most of our materials involve export - we bale and ship it to whoever can offer the best price. Recycling is our biggest challenge because unlike the UK we cannot just send our material to a facility down the road." Chief officer of transport and technical services John Richardson added: "There are significant costs attached to recycling, and we are working hard to achieve the best possible price for the island's recyclable waste and to establish efficient and reliable systems to deal with the materials. Getting this contract in place is a major step forward."