South Holland District Council has awarded a new 3-year recycling contract to Casepak. Under the contract, 9,348 tonnes of commingled recovered materials collected through the authority’s kerbside collection will be processed at the Casepak Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Leicester.
The contract, which comes into effect from the 1st April 2012, was awarded to Casepak following a competitive procurement process involving six bidders. Casepak’s bid was considered to be the most competitive solution.
South Holland District Council collects recyclable materials from 38,241 households each week. The materials collected include: paper, cardboard, plastics, food and drink cans, textiles and mixed glass. The Council currently recycles 34%-35% of its waste.
Under the new agreement, recovered materials will be delivered to the Casepak MRF where they will be sorted using the very latest sorting and separation technology. The Casepak MRF, which was officially opened just a month ago by Waste and Recycling Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach, is the most advanced of its kind in the UK. The MRF is the UK’s first to incorporate specialist screening for highly compacted materials and also features a specialist de-inking screen. The de-inking screen ensures that newspapers and magazines recycled through mixed collection schemes reliably and regularly reach the quality standard required by reprocessing mills in the UK. Incorporating high-technology plant of this type ensures that Casepak secures the best markets for its materials – a factor which impacts on its ability to provide competitive solutions for local authorities.
Commenting on the award of this latest contract, Mark Smith, Casepak’s Joint Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this contract. We’ve installed the best technology here at Casepak and it is already proving popular. It enables us to be both competitive and flexible in our approach and in this instance it has helped us to make significant savings for South Holland District Council.
“We are very much looking forward to working with South Holland District Council over the coming years.”
If the partnership proves successful, South Holland District Council has the option to extend the contract for a further three years.
Commenting on the contract, Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, Portfolio Holder for Waste Management, said: “We are looking forward to working with Casepak and utilising one of the UK’s most advanced, efficient and flexible plants for the management of dry, mixed recyclable materials.
“I sincerely hope that, having seen how recycling can make such a valuable contribution to council services, residents will work with us to increase even further the amount of household waste they recycle.”
The Casepak MRF became operational in September 2011 and represents an investment of £21 million. The facility has the capacity to process 150,000 tonnes of materials a year at a speed of 26 tonnes per hour, recovering 95% of the material processed as a resource.