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Viridor wins Cambridge City Council contract

Viridor has won a five-year contract with Cambridge City Council starting this week to sort and market the councils commingled materials.

The news comes as the council launched its commingled, blue-bin scheme replacing the previous black and blue boxes service.

The new scheme will allow residents to recycle cartons including Tetra Packs and cardboard, which they couldnt do previously. Executive councillor for environmental and waste services Mike Pitt said We hope the new system will make it easier for everyone in Cambridge to recycle.

Now that all dry recycling can go in one bin there is no need for residents to sort materials. Were confident this will give people the extra incentive they need to start recycling, or to recycle more.

Viridor will take the collections to the Peterborough materials recycling facility, which is owned by Peterborough City Council and operated by the waste management firm. The MRF underwent a £1m upgrade last year jointly funded by the council and Viridor - increasing its capacity to 90,000 tonnes per year and adding facilities to sort glass.

Viridor regional manager Stuart Wood said: The Peterborough MRF utilises modern technology to ensure the quality of the outputs meets the stringent end-market demands, which is extremely important for the council.

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