Rutland County Council has a target to recycle more than 55% of household waste and was extending its household recycling collections as part of this programme. The Council wanted a company which would take the kerbside collected commingled dry recyclables from the area’s 16,000 households. They also wanted to achieve the best value for money for the local authority.
Following a competitive tender, Casepak was awarded a five year contract with Rutland County Council. The contract allows for two, five-year extensions. As part of the contract and with the help of Casepak, Rutland has extended the existing commingled, fortnightly kerbside collection scheme across the county. The scheme already accepted a variety of materials including mixed glass, paper and cardboard, plastic bottles, metal, food and drink packaging, aerosols and foil.
By sending the materials to Casepak’s new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Leicester, Rutland County Council has extended its kerbside recycling collections to include:
Strategic Director for Places at Rutland County Council, Aman Mehra, said: “Casepak was selected as our preferred choice through the tendering process and was judged on method, service and quality, as well as price. Our goal is always to seek the best way of improving the county’s recycling rate, whilst also offering a service that is the best value for money. Casepak offered a solution which helped us to achieve both of these goals. Casepak’s new state-of-the-art facility in Leicester was also a key selling point in awarding this contract. The MRF has the increased sorting and processing capacity the waste sector currently needs to meet rising waste diversion rates. This will ensure that our recyclables achieve the best possible resource value."
From the very beginning of the contract with Casepak, Rutland has been able to divert a higher amount of waste from landfill due to the extension of materials collected at the kerbside. This has helped the local authority to meet rising waste diversion targets and assist further in increasing the County’s recycling rates.
The extension of the kerbside scheme has also meant it is now much easier for residents to recycle more items, in a more convenient way, so ultimately improving participation levels.