Walsall Council has awarded a £10m contract to Sita UK take over operation of two household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) and a waste transfer station.
Under the seven-year contract, which has the option to extend for an extra year, Sita will take over operation of HWRCs at Fryers Road, Bloxwich and Merchants Way, Aldridge from 1 April. The waste transfer station is at the same Bloxwich site.
Combined, the recycling centres process 16,000 tonnes of materials a year, while the transfer station handles 85,000 tonnes.
Materials include residual waste, commingled recyclate, green waste and street sweepings.
Graham Mayes, Sita UK chief operating officer said: “We’ll be doing everything we can to increase recycling rates at these centres and make sure Walsall’s waste is put to good use.”
Cllr Mohammed Arif, portfolio holder for the environment in Walsall Council coalition, said: “The council has a number of key objectives over the coming years when it comes to waste and recycling and we are confident this new partnership will help us achieve our aims and provide a service which meets the needs of, and benefits, our residents.
“Our HWRCs provide a vital service in enabling residents to recycle materials that we cannot remove from the kerbside and we want to make people more aware of the importance of recycling and encourage them to use these facilities.”
All current staff at the facilities will be transferred to SITA UK.