Viridor has been awarded an extendable four-and-a-half year contract by the joint waste operation of local authorities in Suffolk to sort and market mixed recyclable materials.
The Suffolk Waste Partnership and the waste management company have worked together for the past 10 years to manage the estimated 50,000 tonnes of recyclates collected by the local authorities in the partnership.
The materials are sorted at Viridor’s Materials Recycling Facility in Great Blakenham, near Ipswich.
Andrew Nunn, chair of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said that recycling of household waste in Suffolk has risen from 8% to over 50% in the past decade.
“The new arrangement will be fundamental as we strive to achieve our target of 60% by 2015,” he added. “The excellent value achieved with this arrangement highlights what local councils can achieve working together, for the overall benefit of the Suffolk council tax payer.”
Graham Warren, Viridor’s regional director, said: “Over the years, Viridor has helped the local councils in Suffolk achieve some of the highest recycling rates in the country and we look forward to continuing working with them in delivering efficient and cost-effective services to people in the county.”
The Suffolk Waste Partnership includes Babergh District Council, Forest Heath District Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Mid-Suffolk District Council, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Suffolk County Council, and Waveney District Council.