Local firm scoops �2.45m recycling contract

Council makes �2m saving under new seven-year deal.

TORRIDGE District Council has awarded a �2.45million recycling contract to South Molton Recycle Limited.

The new seven-year deal to manage the district’s kerbside dry recycling collections will save the council �280,000 a year.

The South Molton-based social enterprise won the contract following a five-month tendering process.

The company has provided service for Torridge residents for nearly 20 years and will continue to collect recycling from green boxes.

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Council leader Barry Pasons said: “A great deal of hard work and time has gone in to this contract and officers have spent approximately 18 months devising a scheme that is right for the district.

“A seven-year saving of just under �2m will be realised without the need to alter the quality of service to residents.”

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Head of operational services, Ricky McCormack, said: “We have awarded the contract to SMR as their tender included significant savings and service improvement options and offered residents of Torridge the best overall package.”

SMR managing director, Sarah Portsmouth, said: “We are looking forward to building on and improving the current recycling service with both Torridge District Council and the local community.

“We will be developing the service across the district and will be extending the range of materials we collect to include household batteries from July 1, with further materials being added from April 1, 2013.”

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