New waste contracts
Bedford Borough Council is delighted to announce it has agreed
new contracts for dealing with the borough’s black and orange bin
The contracts cover the next 6 years and will save £6.9million
over this period as well as boosting the borough’s recycling rate
and reducing the amount of waste needlessly sent to landfill.
Bedford Borough Council had inherited the previous waste and
recycling contracts from the former County Council and this was the
first opportunity to tender a contract to specifically meet the
Black bin waste was previously sent for landfill and
incineration. The new contract was awarded to Shanks Waste
Management Limited who will treat the black bin waste using an
environmentally sustainable process of mechanical and biological
treatment at their plant in Frog Island in London.
This process uses a natural drying process and a further
mechanical treatment to reduce the amount of waste and remove
recyclable materials. It also creates an end product of Solid
Recovered Fuel (SRF). This is used in energy generation and cement
production and is an alternative to fossil fuel.
Orange bin recycling will continue to be dealt with by Viridor
Waste Management Limited and will be taken to their state of the
art Materials Recycling Facility in Milton Keynes which currently
recycles approximately 96% or more of all waste received.
Both tenders submitted by the contractors represented the best
value for money options to the Council in terms of quality and
price. Combined, the contracts deliver massive savings of £6.9
million over the initial contract period to September 2018, in
addition to the major environmental benefits.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: "I am delighted
that after years of hard work we have managed to secure contracts
which save Borough residents nearly seven million pounds.
I have always made clear my opposition to mass burn incineration
and we will now see our waste being recycled and processed in a way
which will deliver an immediate increase in a our recycling rates
of up to 4%. Rather than all the waste just being thrown in the
ground or burnt, mechanical and biological treatment of our black
bin waste will see more recyclable material extracted from our
“The new contracts deliver outstanding savings and are great
news for the environment."
Paul Rowland, regional operations manager for Viridor, said:
“Bedford Borough Council is one of the leading councils when it
comes to recycling. It is great news that the Council has chosen us
again to process the recyclables that local residents carefully put
out for collection. We look forward to continuing to offer a high
quality and best value service to the authority for the benefit of