Recycling centres set for French ‘revolution’

Council expects recycling rates to reach ‘record levels’ under the new management.

RECYCLING centres in Barnstaple, Bideford, Holsworthy and Ilfracombe are to be managed by a new company from May 1.

Devon County Council has awarded a five-year contract to run 17 of its 19 household recycling centres to SITA UK, a subsidiary of French-based company Suez Environment.

The centres are currently run by Viridor Waste Management Ltd and site staff will transfer to the new contractor via the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.

Recycling centres at South Molton and Torrington are not affected by the retendering process.


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Councillor Roger Croad, the council’s cabinet member for environment, community and planning, said he expected recycling rates at the centres to reach new ‘record levels’ under the new management.

“The new contract includes targets which we will be keen for SITA UK to meet,” he said.

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“Based on the company’s impressive track record at our centre at Pinbrook, we will be keen for the whole county to benefit from the same level of service it has been providing in Exeter.

“Where space allows, other centres in Devon will be able to accept more types of waste for recycling, such as carpets, mattresses and bulky plastics, so that more items than ever can be recycled and diverted from landfill.

“The re-sale areas at larger centres will also offer an improved experience.”

James Pike, processing general manager at SITA UK, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside Devon County Council and we look forward to sharing our expertise in recycling for the benefit of local residents.

“There is a lot of hard work ahead as we look to improve existing arrangements wherever possible, striving to make best use of each and every recycling centre, with an overriding focus on customer service.”

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