Family-run recycling and waste management firm Casepak has been awarded a contract by Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council to process up to 20,000 tonnes per annum of dry, mixed recyclables from each authority.
Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) shared the management of their respective waste and recycling services in 2014, and the new contact with Casepak is due to commence in February 2018.
Cherwell operates a kerbside collection of mixed materials from 62,000 homes, while SNC collects mixed recyclables from 38,000 homes.
This material will be sent to Casepak’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Leicester and will include items such as paper, card, cardboard, metal cans, plastic bottles, trays and tubs, drinks cartons (including Tetra Pak® cartons), foil, aerosols and catalogues. Glass jars and bottles will also be collected and sent to the MRF as part of South Northamptonshire’s kerbside collection.
Georgina Cullen, Casepak’s Business Development Director, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Cherwell and SNC. This new contract will play a huge part in boosting recycling rates for each authority, and we will work closely with them to help educate residents about recycling best practice at home.”
Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “With 10 bids it was a competitive tendering process but Casepak represented best value for both councils and gave us confidence they would be able to help South Northamptonshire maintain one of the highest recycling rates in the country.”
Cllr Debbie Pickford, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “Casepak’s location in Leicester means our waste will spend less time on the road and will lower our emissions. “And following assurances about end markets and the sorting process we are looking forward to working with them and continuing to provide a quality service to residents.”
The two year contract was awarded on 21st December 2017, and there is an option to extend the contract by up to four years.
Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 165,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed. The MRF exceeds standards set out in the Code of Practice, and produces Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs.