Waste management firm Veolia has secured a new £2.7 million two-year recycling haulage and processing contract with Medway Council.
The deal, which began in October and runs until October 2024, includes an option for a two-year extension. It consists of two parts – first, bulking and haulage services at the Rochester waste transfer station for dry mixed recyclables (DMR), mixed paper and card and organics (bulking only), and second, the processing of DMR at Southwark integrated waste management facility, plus mixed paper and card and other ancillary wastes.
Veolia said recycling common materials makes a significant cut in carbon emissions: recycling plastic saves about 70%, recycling of metals can save 90% and recycled paper offers a 40% saving on carbon compared with using virgin resources. It estimates that in terms of carbon emissions for the duration, processing 15,000 tonnes of waste collected at its Southwark Materials Recovery Facility will be equivalent to taking 12,266 cars off the road.
The firm held a previous waste contract with the council for bulking and haulage between 2019 and 2022. It has also been carrying out waste disposal since 2010 and processing DMR from Medway at the Southwark Materials Recovery since February 2012.
David Fitzgerald, general manager for Veolia South East, said: We’re very proud of our bulking, haulage and processing work for Medway that helps towards achieving our wider goal of ecological transformation. By ensuring that sorted recycling goes to the right place we are reducing both carbon and environmental impacts. ”
Ian Gilmore, the council's head of regulatory and environmental services, added: “We look forward to further developing our partnership to ensure our residents’ recycling is processed and recycled as efficiently as possible.”