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Sita expands recycling service

Waste management firm Sita UK has forged a relationship with community recycling firm Orchard in a six month trial to provide door-to-door recycling of bulky waste items in Calderdale.

Sitas partnership with its previous community recycling contractor Kerbside Calderdale failed last year.

This new trial service, provided by Orchard, will provide homes in the west of the district with the recycling service. It will recycle items such as furniture and electrical items. If successful it will be expanded across the whole of Calderdale.

Items collected through the scheme will be sorted by Orchard into those that can be used again and distributed to a number of outlets for re-use.

Sita UK logistics director David Foster said: It has always been our intention to work with the community sector and so it is pleasing to have reached an agreement with Orchard to provide this new service in Calderdale.

Orchard spokesman David Greenhouse said: Having access to these goods will enable us to support established charities in their work to help those in need throughout the community. This work will also help reduce the quantity going to landfill by a significant amount.
Kerbside Calderdale has stopped operating. Sita had won the councils seven year contract for recycling and refuse collections in April 2008 and it expressed its intent to enter into a partnership agreement with Kerbside. But Kerbside Calderdale chief executive Paul Brannigan said that Sita had not been prepared to allow his organisation to continue handling recycling collections. In October, Sita said it had opened talks with Kerbside to provide a bulky waste collection service but Kerbside said it refused because it saw the contract as an unfair deal (see MRW story). Kerbside continued to collect recycling from residents in black boxes against Sitas green boxes until March 2009.

Calderdale Council is now investigating the issues surrounding the waste contract and is due to come out with its findings in the next few months.

Brannigan told MRW that a screenwriter has approached him to make a film about the issue. He also said that he had no sour feelings towards the new contractor but that it was a one man band and that his firm brought benefits to the people.
Brannigan stood for election two months ago and came fourth out of seven candidates after the Labour Party.

A local micro brewery in Blackshawhead, Yorkshire, has created a new bottled beer to celebrate the work of Kerbside.


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