Four-weekly collections success; Biffa in Kent contract; Norfolk waste conference; Ubico to take Tewkesbury waste
‘Staggering’ recycling rise with four-weekly collections
Banbridge District Council is to extend its trial of collecting black bins once a month after seeing positive results.
The trial, was initially carried out along one urban bin collection route and one rural route, will now be extended from the initial 1,500 homes to a further 14,000 households.
The council said the eight-month trial has had “a staggering positive impact on the recycling rates across the bin collection routes involved”.
Biffa scoops Kent contract
Biffa has been awarded a new six-year contract by Kent County Council to manage 12 household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) and three transfer stations in the county (photo above).
Estimated to be worth around £5m annually, the contract starts in November and includes an option for a six-year extension from 2020.
Biffa’s municipal commercial director Pete Dickson said: “We are delighted not only to have retained the business we originally had with Kent County Council, but to have expanded it with four more HWRCs and two additional transfer stations. This is testament to all those who have provided excellent service to Kent County Council and to Kent residents for many years.”
Norfolk launches waste conference
Councils from across Norfolk, interest groups and individuals have been invited to the inaugural Waste Matters in Norfolk Conference.
The event, which takes place on 9 October, will feature discussions on joint working across authorities, developments in the reduction of packaging, and an update on Norfolk’s new ‘Recycling Revolution’ contract.
Toby Coke, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “The County Council terminated a contract to treat 170,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and means we still need to come up with a suitable alternative. I am confident this event will lead to informed discussions and enable us to create a new sustainable vision for dealing with Norfolk’s waste in the future.”
Ubico to take Tewkesbury waste
Waste in Tewkesbury borough is set to be collected by a council-owned company from April next year.
The Gloucester Echo reports that Tewkesbury collections will be made my Ubico Ltd, which is jointly owned by Cheltenham Borough Council and Cotswold District Council and has been collecting waste for the two since 2012.
Tewkesbury councillors are due to vote on the change at the end of September.