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Lincolnshire HWRC contract after centres cut

Environmental Waste Controls (EWC) has won a contract to run Lincolnshire County Council’s new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) at Bourne.

It comes as part of the council’s move to consolidate its recycling centres after closing HWRCs at Leadenham and Whisby, both operated by FCC Environmental.

At time of the centres’ closure, the council’s executive member for waste and recycling Reg Shore said the council had to cut its annual waste and recycling budget by £400,000 as part of a reduction in overall funding on services by £170m during the next four years.

The new centre at Bourne, replacing another in the town that closed earlier this year, will be officially opened to the public on 10 May but is already operational. The contract started on 1 April and will run for a year.

Shore said: “I’m delighted that we have built a new recycling centre in Bourne which will provide local residents with a much better facility. The new site is modern, efficient, easy to navigate and has extra capacity to take people’s recycling.”

EWC was also recently awarded contract extensions to operate two other Lincolnshire sites at Market Rasen and Spalding, after the council claimed a boost in recycling rates from the partnership.

Bill Edwards, EWC executive chairman, said the new deal represents the firm’s “next step forward in the local authority market”.

The company also provides a HWRC service for Leicestershire and Warrington councils.

As part of the council’s attempt to cut costs, it no longer offers additional green waste collections and stopped offering recycling credits to voluntary and charity groups.

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