Nine local authorities in Wales have created what is thought to be the biggest regional textile recycling service in the UK.
The initiative, which has been coordinated by Resource Efficiency Wales, will see the local authorities using JMP Wilcox as the main contractor for collection of textiles from sites across the authorities.
JMP Wilcox managing director Martin Wilcox told MRW: “The tender was placed on service provision of new equipment and a good economic price, I think they looked in the round at it, and wanted a national player that could really cover the ground.
“I’m told it’s the largest textile bank recycling contract to be placed in the UK, it covers all of the main conurbation in South Wales but there are quite a few other authorities coming alongside it in mid-Wales and further up.
“We do have other textile bank recycling contracts in north and mid Wales and a lot of the local authorities will be coming on board with this initiative as it rolls out.”
South East Wales Regional Waste Co-ordinator James Kay said: “This contract provides local authorities with a fair market rate income for this material stream and ensures that a professional service will be provided to all the authorities.”
The nine local authorities are Torfaen, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Powys, Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil.
The contract has been written under agreement with the Welsh Purchasing Consortium.