The North London Waste Authority gave out the shared contracts to treat a total of 40,000 tonnes of comingled waste per year, which will run until 2014, when the amount of waste is expected to reach up to 70,000 tonnes. The contracts could save taxpayers £760,000 each year.
Chair of the North London Waste Authority Cllr Clyde Loakes said: In the current climate getting the best value solution for managing waste has to be a priority and we are delighted that through these contracts we have been able to achieve this.
The new services collect mixed plastics such as, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic bags and waxed cartons, for the first time. Options to receive source-segregated recyclables will also be available to the NLWA.
Waste will be collected from all the north London authorities excluding Enfield, which has procured its own contract.
Bywaters will be treating its share of the waste at its cutting-edge materials recycling facility in Bromley-by-Bow, while Greenstar Environmental will send its waste to its brand new MRF in Edmonton once it is fully operational in early 2010. Currently, it is dealing with the 20,000 tonnes of waste at its super MRF in Birmingham.
Bywaters managing director John Glover said: We are delighted to be awarded this contract and look forward to working with the NLWA to increase recycling rates in north London.
Our MRF has the ability to handle and recover the widest range of materials and consistently produces high quality outputs for reprocessing.
The expanded recycling collections will be rolled out across north London over the next six months.