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7 September 2012 | Adam Leach
Bedford Borough Council hopes to save £6.9 million over six years through contracts to handle general household and recyclable waste.
The deals mark the first awards by the council that are tailored to meet the specific needs and demands of the area. The authority was previously locked into arrangements made by the now dissolved Bedfordshire County Council. Bedford expects its contracts to save £6.9 million by September 2018 and significantly reduce its emissions.
The six-year contract for ‘black bin’ (general household) waste was awarded to Shanks Waste Management. The company said it will improve the council’s environmental performance by reducing the amount it sends to landfill. Shanks will treat it through a natural drying and mechanical process that will remove recyclable materials. Other materials collected will be treated to produce a sustainable fuel source call Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). For ‘orange bin’ (recyclable) waste, incumbent supplier Viridor Waste Management will continue to run the service.
Bedford mayor Dave Hodgson, said: “I have always made clear my opposition to mass burn incineration and we will now see our waste recycled and processed in a way that will deliver an immediate increase in our recycling rates of up to four per cent. Rather than all the waste being thrown in the ground or burnt, mechanical and biological treatment of our black bin waste will see more recyclable material extracted.”