Waste and recycling specialist Environmental Waste Controls Plc (EWC) has been awarded a major new contract to manage 16 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) across North Yorkshire.
EWC took over all operations and transport for most of the county's HWRCs on 1st July 2005, including waste segregation for re-use, recycling and composting. The agreement also sees EWC provide all equipment, plant, vehicles and staff required for each site, with an additional 70 recycling staff currently being recruited, taking EWC's head count to over 220.
Within the agreement the county council has set out a 45% target for recycling in year one which EWC hopes to exceed. EWC has set its own target for the contract going forward at a minimum level of 60% recycling, which supports the Council's commitment to improve recycling activities across the county.
CCTV and Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology will be used at each of the sites to divert trade waste and prevent the unauthorised sale of goods on site. Staff will also be trained to advise on pre-sorting and recycling of the commodities brought to each site.
The Council will benefit from EWC's online reporting system which provides a direct and transparent link to the latest figures on the exact weight of waste produced, waste streams, percentage recycled, disposal routes and links to copies of the waste consignment notes.
EWC uses high quality German compacting technology from Husmann, ensuring the HWRCs benefit from enhanced hygiene, security, transport efficiencies and leakproof performance.
Kevin Wood, technical director of EWC, said: “The contract demonstrates the growing requirement among local authorities for a waste and recycling service that is tailored to their individual requirements and that exceeds government expectations in terms of targets and cost control. We are all grateful to be offered the opportunity to work with North Yorkshire County Council on improving the performance and recycling levels of the HWRCs throughout the county.”
Tony Norris, waste operations manager with North Yorkshire County Council, added: “Throughout the tendering process EWC demonstrated the experience and commitment we need to really make an impact on our recycling performance across the county. The systems and equipment they work with, their approach to current issues, and their ability to offer online reporting will provide a more professional service to the community and improve the service we offer at all of our sites.”
The 16 HWRCs in North Yorkshire are – Settle, Leyburn, Catterick Bridge, Ripon, Stokesley, Northallerton, Leeming Bar, Sowerby, Harrogate, Tadcaster, Selby, Tholthorpe, Wombleton, Malton, Norton and Whitby. EWC already manages a growing number of HWRCs for local authorities across the UK, including Neath Port Talbot, Vale of Glamorgan, Conwy, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen and Cheshire County Councils.