Viridor has been awarded a two-year contract to process and sell dry recyclable material from Kent county council, the waste management firm has announced.
Beginning this month, the contract also has the option of a one-year extension and will see kerbside collections from seven boroughs and districts in the county processed at Viridor’s materials recycling facility (MRF) in Crayford, Kent.
More than 61,000 tonnes of material – including paper, card, plastic bottles, foil, cans and glass – will be processed at Crayford each year from collections in Ashford, Dartford, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Swale and Tunbridge Wells.
Taken over by Viridor when the firm acquired Grosvenor Waste Management in December 2007, the Crayford MRF has the capacity to process around 400,000 tonnes of material each year.
Last year, Viridor won a two-year contract to process 21,000 tonnes of material from the London borough of Hillingdon at the Crayford facility.
“I’m delighted the great team work shown in this bid process has produced this result for Viridor,” said June Barlow, bid manager for Viridor. “We’ve successfully shown Kent county council how we’re stronger in partnership with our customers and will relentlessly pursue quality to bring them the best service.”
Several different contractors handle collections for the seven Kent councils involved in the Viridor deal. Recycling collections in Ashford, Swale, Maidstone and the county council are handled by Biffa; Cory Environmental handles Tunbridge Wells’ recycling collections; while such services are operated in-house by Gravesham borough council.