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WRG wins £40m recycling contract

Waste management firm Waste Recycling Group (WRG) has won a £40 million recycling centre contract from three south Yorkshire councils to manage their household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (BDR) provide 14 HWRCs across the three boroughs, which together receive around 86,000 tonnes of household waste per year.

The three local boroughs partnership have recently received £77.4 million through a Government private finance initiative (PFI), following an outline application submitted in 2007, which will fund the development of waste treatment facilities in the region. The boroughs have joined forces to look at various options to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill.

Waste Recycling Group chief executive Jim Meredith said: We are delighted to have won this contract and are looking forward to providing an improved service to the people of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, and to add value to the excellent efforts they are currently making to recover more value and resource from their waste.

WRG already has a strong presence in Yorkshire and can therefore provide a tailored service based on local knowledge, as well as our wide experience and expertise from managing a large number of successful recycling centres across the UK.

The news comes as the BDR partnership announced the next stages in its procurement process for its 30-year waste treatment project as part of the £77.4m it received from the Governments PFI.

Rotherham Council spokesperson councillor Richard Russell said: This will assist us to finance a form of treatment which will look to further increase our recycling rates and then cleanly and efficiently treat waste throughout the region that cannot currently be economically recycled.
The partnership has not decided what technology, or combination of technologies, it would prefer and has asked interested bidders to propose their individual solutions. The bidders then have to persuade the partnership that their solution is the best to deal with the regions waste.

Last week Shanks and energy company Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) announced that they had together bid for the BDR PFI contract and had got through the initial stages of the procurement process.

The BDR partnership aims to select a preferred bidder by May 2010.



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