Viridor and East Sussex County Council agree £20m waste contract

Viridor has been awarded the contract to process around 50,000 tonnes of East Sussex County Council’s dry mixed recyclables per annum.

The £20 million contract, which will run for up to seven years from 29 June 2019 will see Viridor receive the county’s kerbside recyclables, including paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, aluminium cans, steel cans and glass from all five districts and boroughs for sorting into high-quality commodities for onward sale into the recycling markets.

The recyclate from Eastbourne and Hastings Borough, Lewes, Rother and Wealden District Councils will be sorted at Viridor’s Crayford materials recovery facility (MRF) with the plastics collected continuing its onward processing journey to the company’s specialist recycling plants, including Rochester Polymers Recycling Facility in Kent and Skelmersdale Polymers Reprocessing Facility in Lancashire.

Simon Prior, Viridor’s head of local authority development, said: “Our internal Bid and Development Team’s submitted a high-quality bid and we are delighted to be awarded the contract to continue our work with East Sussex directly.

Processing the county’s high quality recyclables provide high quality resources to support the growing circular economy

“Processing the county’s high quality recyclables provide high quality resources to support the growing circular economy.  In addition, our social value proposition provides the opportunity for local environmental-based projects to apply for grants from a new joint East Sussex-Viridor board.”

Rupert Clubb, East Sussex County Council director of communities, economy and transport, said: “We’re pleased to be joining forces with a company that has a proven track record of working with local authorities to process recyclables.

“Along with our colleagues in local district and borough councils, we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Viridor, working to continue to ensure as much of the county’s waste as possible is recycled.”

The council will receive regular reporting on collected recyclate quality performance – vital information which can be used to gauge and improve community recycling rates.

The contract runs through to June 2022 with an option to extend for two further periods of 24 months.

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