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New partnership for garden waste collections

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson and Business Development Manager Emma Lucas, from enVar, met this week to officially launch the new partnership for composting of the borough’s organic waste.

 

During January 2012 enVar was awarded a contract by Bedford Borough Council to manage all organic waste collected in the borough. This is waste which is collected in the green lidded wheeled kerbside bins as well as the organic waste delivered to the household waste recycling centre at Barkers Lane. This replaces the previous contract inherited from the former County Council and will deliver savings of £100,000 per year.

 

The contract will run from 1st April 2012 until at least 31st March 2017 and is expected to recycle 14,000 tonnes of organic waste each year. The terms of the agreement also ensures the organic waste is treated locally by Growing Beds, who are based in Ravensden.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “In addition to continuing to provide a valued service to local residents through the composting of organic waste from kerbside collections and the popular Household Waste Recycling Centre at Barkers Lane, this agreement saves local taxpayers £100,000 per year. It also maintains the ongoing relationship with an important local business, Growing Beds in Ravensden.

 

“This is an excellent deal for the Council and local taxpayers.”

 

Arthur Ready, Managing Director from, enVar, added: “We are delighted to be working with Bedford Borough Council and local organic recycling company Growing Beds. Together we will be assisting the Council in achieving their overall recycling targets of 60% by 2020”

 

The resulting finished compost will be produced to PAS100 specification and sold as a non waste product into the retail and commercial sectors. In addition enVar will work with the Local Authority to provide composts for distribution into community based schemes.

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