Casepak and Rutland County Council have agreed a new five-year waste management contract which will make it easier for residents to recycle at the kerbside.
Under the new agreement, which started in April 2011, the existing mixed, fortnightly scheme will now see a wider range of materials collected. The extended service will be made available to all of the 16,000 homes in the county, increasing the council’s already excellent recycling rate which is over 55%.
The existing grey bin recycling scheme already accepted a variety of materials including: mixed glass, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, food and drink cans, aerosols and foil. However, the contract with Casepak will now enable residents to recycle many more items including: Tetra Paks, cartons, some kitchen plastics, plastic film (e.g. carrier bags) and selected household batteries.
Strategic Director for Places at Rutland County Council, Aman Mehra said: “Casepak was selected as our preferred choice through the tendering process and was judged on method, service and quality as well as price. Our goal is always to seek the best way of improving the county’s recycling rate, whilst also offering a service that is the best value for money. Casepak offered a solution which helped us to achieve both of these goals.”
The contract with Rutland County Council is the first to move to Casepak’s new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Leicester. The new MRF, which will become fully operational later this year, has the capacity to sort 150,000 tonnes of dry mixed recyclables a year. It uses the latest technology together with intense manual inspection to achieve the best quality resource from mixed collection schemes. Commenting on the new MRF Aman Mehra added: “Casepak’s new state of the art facility was a key selling point in awarding this contract. The MRF has the increased sorting and processing capacity the waste sector currently needs to meet rising waste diversion rates. This will ensure that our recyclables achieve the best possible resource value.”
Mark Smith, Joint Managing Director at Casepak, said: “This five-year contract with Rutland County Council offers an effective solution to the authority’s waste management needs, both environmentally and economically. In awarding this contract to Casepak, it will now be even easier for residents to recycle more items with greater efficiency at the kerbside and for that reason Rutland County Council’s excellent recycling rate looks set to continue.”
Casepak’s new MRF represents an investment of £21 million. The facility will feature the latest technology, aiming to recover 95% of the material processed as a resource. The MRF will include specialist screening for highly compacted material and additional optical fibre screens to separate newspapers and magazines. Intensive manual quality control will also be employed to ensure the best quality resource separation.