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Viridor awarded Lewisham recycling contract

Viridor has won a 12-month contract to process and sell dry recyclate materials from Lewisham. 

The London borough will collect and transport kerbside recycling materials to Viridor’s MRF in Crayford. Viridor aims to achieve high quality output for re-manufacturing by using advanced mechanical sorting techniques and manual quality control.

Across Lewisham, household dry recyclate waste materials such as paper, card, plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays, cans, foil and glass are estimated to total more than 20,000 tonnes in weight per year.

Viridor will recycle this waste into commodities and sell to customers using its in-house Viridor Resource Management trading division.

Viridor commercial manager Simon Prior said: “We’re very pleased to have won this contract with the London Borough of Lewisham and hope that this is the beginning of a strong relationship.

“We’re going to work in partnership with the borough to help increase the recycling rates as much as possible. This will include getting the message out that clothing and textiles are ‘up-cycled’ or taken to local charity shops, not left in the recycling bin, to ensure that the materials we receive from the kerbside collections will be of the highest quality.

“In turn, we can then make the highest quality commodities possible to retain value in the re-manufacturing chain.”

The contract started in December 2014.

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