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NLWA awards two MRF contracts

Sep 01, 2009
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has awarded two Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) contracts to Greenstar UK and Bywaters (Leyton) Ltd which could save the Authority approximately £760,000 per year whilst delivering expanded recycling collections.

Effective from October 2009 the contracts are for the recycling of 40,000 tonnes of commingled material collected each year in north London, an amount which is expected to rise to 70,000 tonnes by 2014.

The contracts will run until 2014, with extension options, to ensure a smooth transition of service for when the new infrastructure is in place as part of the long-term waste services contract currently being procured.

In line with the North London Joint Waste Strategy the Authority aims to double the current recycling rate from 24% to 50% and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Both Greenstar and Bywaters are able to recycle a wider range of materials meaning for first time tetrapaks, mixed plastics, plastic shopping bags and shredded paper can be recycled through the commingled collections.

Through the new contracts there are also options for source-separated recyclables to be received which will offer north London councils greater flexibility for collecting recyclables.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the NLWA, said: "In the current climate getting the best value solution for managing waste has to be a priority and we are delighted that through these contracts we have been able to achieve this.

"We look forward to working with Greenstar and Bywaters over coming years as we work towards achieving our targets for a more sustainable north London."

Final tenders were received from seven companies for the contract which was broken into seven lots of between 5,000 and 10,000 tonnes of material. The aim was to spread risk and enable greater flexibility throughout the management of the contracts.

Three of the lots were awarded to Bywaters (Leyton) Ltd and four awarded to Greenstar UK.

Greenstar UK CEO Ian Wakelin, said: "With these contracts in place, we can proceed at full speed to fit out Greenstar's new Atlas 'super MRF' at Edmonton. One of the biggest and most modern MRFs in the capital, Atlas could eventually process nearly 10% of north London's recyclables.

"I'm delighted to see that Greenstar's ability to process big volumes of recyclables to quality standards has again been endorsed through this contract award."

John Glover, Managing Director of Bywaters, said: "We are delighted to be awarded this contract and look forward to working with the NLWA to increase recycling rates in north London.

"With our strategically placed MRF in Bromley-by-Bow, Bywaters is able to sort north London's recyclables in line with the proximity principle.  Our MRF has the ability to handle and recover the widest range of materials and consistently produces high quality outputs for reprocessing."

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Notes to Editors

For further information please contact Rosie Elliott, Media and Marketing Officer for the North London Waste Authority, on 020 8489 1482 or

Commingled material is currently managed by LondonWaste Ltd through contracts with Veolia, Bywaters and Holmen/ Nordic.

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) was established in 1986 and is the waste disposal authority for Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. This means its primary function is to arrange the transport and disposal of waste collected by these boroughs.  It is the second largest waste disposal authority in the country, measured by tonnage.