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Viridor signs shared-risk Kent contract

Viridor has renewed its contract with Kent County Council, with an emphasis on sharing the commodity price risk involved in collecting and processing dry mixed recyclables.

Around 60,000 tonnes of materials collected from households in seven districts across west and mid-Kent every year will be transported to the firm’s MRF in Crayford.

The contract, which will begin in July and run for two years with the option of a two-year extension, includes a shared-revenue agreement, which Viridor said means both parties will share an element of the risk brought about by fluctuating commodity prices.

Viridor had said in February it was confident that local authorities would be willing to share more risk in waste management contracts. It signed such a deal with Ealing Council earlier this month to process mixed dry recycling.

A Kent council spokesperson said: “Following a comprehensive procurement exercise involving a review of our recycling and resource management services, we are delighted to award this contract to Viridor for the processing and onward sale of kerbside recycling.

“We have worked with Viridor during the past few years, and appreciate that it is positioned at the cutting-edge of new technologies. As a result, the Crayford MRF enables us to recover the value from much of the material our residents place in their recycling bins every week.”

Chris Jonas (pictured), Viridor director of business development, said the renewal was a “fantastic move” for the company and the council.

“By working together, we are able to increase the amount of material that Kent recycles by using a state-of-the-art MRF and also increase the amount of high-quality recyclate entering the manufacturing sector in our ever more circular economy,” he said.

The firm has also implemented a programme to improve material input specifications and processing methods at the MRF.

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