Viridor, Suffolk County Council sign 10-year contract

Viridor, Suffolk County Council sign 10-year contract

U.K.-based firm will continue to process recyclables under renewed £88.75 million contract.

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January 28, 2019

United Kingdom-based waste company Viridor has announced an agreement with Suffolk County Council to renew the council’s recycling contract. The ten-year contract, in which Viridor will recycle paper, cardboard, mixed plastics and steel and metal cans collected by all the Suffolk Waste Partnership authorities, begins in May.

The material will be sorted and processed at the company’s Masons material recycling facility (MRF), which processes more than 55,000 tons of dry mixed recyclables annually. Viridor says the contract also includes the marketing of the material by Viridor Resource Management.

Viridor’s head of local authority development Simon Prior says the new contract represents the “next chapter” in the relationship with Suffolk, which has been in place since 2004.

“Together, the company and councils, have achieved significant success in maximizing Suffolk’s opportunities to recycle and contribute to a more circular economy,” Prior says. “We look forward to building on this work and advancing our shared goals of helping residents understand and make the most of their efforts in recycling.”

Paul West, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for waste, says, “We are looking forward to working with Viridor to build on Suffolk’s excellent track record of recycling and ensuring sustainable outlets for the recyclable waste collected from homes across the county.”

The contract comes days after Suffolk County Council awarded U.K.-based waste management company FCC Environment, which operates 100 household recycling centers and processes 1.6 million tons of waste annually, with an 8-year contract to operate the county’s network of 11 recycle centers, beginning in May.

Some of the key features of the new contract will be:

  • Greater emphasis on re-use, with plans for a second re-use shop at the new Bury site later in 2019.
  • Use of enhanced technology on all sites, to speed up customer throughput times and support tackling trade waste abuse.
  • Delivering a program of site improvements in a way that minimizes disruption to service delivery.
  • Reduced cost through a highly competitive negotiated procurement process.

Commenting on the FCC contract, West says, “This is a high-profile service with over 1.5 million users each year across the 11 sites. We are delighted to once again be working with FCC Environment, who have demonstrated they have the experience and ambition to deliver against our targets and work in partnership with us to provide an excellent service for residents throughout the county.”