Two councils have appointed Shanks Group to manage their waste in a six-year contract.
Shanks will manage 50,000 tonnes per annum for Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils.
UK MD Ian Goodfellow, said: “Both [councils] endorse Shanks’ sustainable approach to processing and recycling waste, while delivering cost effective waste management solutions for local authorities.”
From October Shanks will use its mechanical and biological treatment (MBT) plant at Frog Island in London to remove recyclable materials from waste, delivering recycling and landfill diversion rates in excess of 70%.
Shanks will also manage municipal waste under an initial two-and-a-half-year contract. It will utilise its Frog Island MBT plant to recycle and treat 26,000 tonnes per annum of black bin waste, again delivering diversion rates in excess of 70%.
Bedford’s Mayor Dave Hodgson, said: “I am delighted after years of hard work that we will now see our waste being recycled and processed in a way which will deliver an immediate increase in our recycling rates while also generating outstanding savings for residents.”
- Melton Borough Council has reported an 20% increase in recycling following an overhaul to its refuse and recycling service four months ago by municipal services contractor Biffa. Waste sent to landfill has also decreased by over six per cent, despite the introduction of a chargeable green waste service. Biffa attributed the increase to enabling the capture of a wider range of materials, as well as a simpler and more convenient service.