Viridor Awarded Ealing Council Mixed Recycling Contract

Ealing Council has appointed waste management company Viridor to transport and process mixed dry recycling under the new recycling and rubbish collection arrangements.

The appointment comes at the end of a seven-month procurement process, which saw three specialist recycling companies competing to win the contract.

It is the first time that Ealing Council has collected mixed dry recycling from households on a borough-wide scale and is due to start Monday, 6 June.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure – “One of the important changes with the new recycling system is that we’re making it easier for residents to recycle, mixing all of their items into one container”

The majority of Ealing residents will switch to a new system of alternate weekly collections from using a black wheeled bin for their residual waste and a blue wheeled bin for mixed dry recycling. Residual waste will be collected one week and recycling the next. Food waste will continue to be collected weekly.

Under the current arrangements, recycling is to be separated at the kerbside by residents and collection crews. Mixed dry recycling, including plastics, will be taken to a depot in Greenford where it will be bulked before being taken by Viridor to their materials recovery facility (MRF) in Crayford, Kent. There it will be separated using a range of mechanical and manual processes before being packed and sold for reprocessing.

Last year, Ealing Council sent more than 21,000 tonnes of recycling for reprocessing, 45% of household waste collected in the borough. The council has a target of recycling 50% of all its waste by 2018 and the move to a new collection system is expected to help meet that target.

A percentage of the value of the recyclables sent to the MRF for processing will be used to offset the cost to the council of using the MRF facilities.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “One of the important changes with the new recycling system is that we’re making it easier for residents to recycle, mixing all of their items into one container. It’s crucial then that what residents send for recycling is, in fact recycled. Residents can help by making sure that they put clean, dry jars and containers in their blue bin to maintain the quality of the rest of their recycling.

“Viridor is a company that is already familiar with Ealing’s waste as they already process some of our waste. I know they’ll be working with us, to ensure that resident’s efforts help us achieve our 50% recycling target.”

Chris Jonas, Director of Business Development for Viridor said: “The new partnership is great news for Viridor, for Ealing and its residents. By working together we are able to combine a simpler collection system and one of the UK’s most advanced recycling facilities which will drive recycling rates up and increase the amount of high quality recyclate that UK manufacturers are able to use in our ever increasing circular economy.”

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