Reports emanating from the Isle of Wight have suggested that the recycling of furniture and white goods are to be included in the services planned by Amey, the company recently awarded the island’s £225m waste contract.
As was stated at the time of Amey being confirmed as the preferred bidder, the contract was to include the collection, treatment and disposal of household waste and recyclable material; the provision of civic amenity sites and bottle banks; the provision of reuse and minimisation services; and the treatment and disposal of waste delivered by third parties; and as part of the council’s sustainability objectives,the contact was also to include a reuse and waste minimisation service.
As part of the 25-year contract, Amey is reported to be planning a £60m redevelopment of the island’s Forest Road Recycling Centre, due to open in 2018 and employing 30 new people, including 20 apprentices. This will also include an energy plant on site, but reports state food waste will not be processed on the Island but will instead be taken to an anaerobic digestion plant in Hampshire – it is currently being sent to Birmingham.
Amey is also setting up a collection service for bulky household products, at a rate of four items for £25, and island-based charity, Storeroom2010, will then re-use the items.
Amey will also look into the distribution of wheeled bins, and the introduction of new black bins for back bag waste.