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New chapter for recycling in north London

Sep 30, 2009
October 2009 marks the start of a new recycling chapter in north London as more materials than ever before are accepted for recycling.

For the first time mixed plastics including yoghurt pots and margarine tubs, plastic bags, shredded paper and waxed cartons used for milk and fruit juice will be collected.

This is as a result of two brand new contracts awarded to Bywaters and Greenstar Environmental Ltd by the North London Waste Authority in June which could save taxpayers up to 760,000 per year.

The contracts will run until 2014 to ensure a smooth transition of service for when new waste and recycling facilities are in place as part of the longterm waste services contract currently being procured.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the North London Waste Authority, 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."

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

This is one of many measures being taken by the Authority to meet both national targets and those set out in the North London Joint Waste Strategy to double the current recycling rate from 27 per cent to 50 per cent and decrease waste sent to landfill by 2020.

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 per cent of north London's recyclables.

Im 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 S 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."

The expanded recycling collections will be rolled out across north London over the next six months.

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Notes to Editors
For more 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 new 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 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.