Aylesford Newsprint has won a contract with May Gurney Environmental Services to process paper from households across West Oxfordshire.
Paper recovered from the West Oxfordshire District Council’s new kerbside collection – replacing a commingled scheme - will be processed at Aylesford Newsprint’s Kent paper mill.
The contract will ensure that West Oxfordshire’s paper is recycled in the UK and will provide the council with a clear audit trail so it can prove its paper has been recycled.
Under the deal 5,000 tonnes of newspapers, magazines and white paper will be collected from 47,000 households and turned into 4,000 tonnes of newsprint each year.
The May Gurney team hand sorts material at the kerbside and inspects for contaminants such as broken glass that can damage reprocessing plant. Dry recyclables are collected weekly and householders are encouraged to keep materials separate.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Now our crews are sorting recycling at the kerbside, materials being sold to reprocessing companies are much cleaner and higher quality.
“With the kerbside sort method we are generating more income for the district which is good news for all our residents. Latest figures show that recycling rates are currently hitting 66%, which is one of the best in the country.”
Shown here May Gurney supervisors Gary Gill (left) and Andy Cracknell (right).