Four contracts, worth £2.2m, to treat the Buckinghamshire’s food and garden waste over the next two years have been awarded by Buckinghamshire County Council.
The contracts, due to start in February 2016, with Agrivert, FCC, Shanks and Countrystyle Recycling will ensure that the 17,000 tonnes of food waste generated in Bucks each year will be processed locally in anaerobic digesters. The 41,000 tonnes of garden waste created each year will be turned into saleable compost using natural bacteria to break down the green material.
Warren Whyte, cabinet member for planning and environment, said the contracts reinforced the County Council’s commitment to achieve its target of recycling 60% of waste by 2020. Last year Bucks was in the top quartile of recycling authorities achieving the recycling of 57% of waste.
Under the new contracts Agrivert Limited will take food waste from Wycombe, South Bucks and Chiltern Districts to its digester just over the county boundary in Wallingford.
Countrystyle Recycling Limited will process green waste, along with green waste from the seven household waste recycling centres in the south of the county. Bulking and transfer of biowaste at High Heavens in Wycombe will also be managed by the firm.
Shanks Waste Management Ltd’s digester at Westcott Venture Park, near Aylesbury, will handle food waste from Aylesbury Vale. FCC Waste Services Limited will handle the district’s green waste.
Mr Whyte said: ‘I’m very pleased we’ve been able to award these interim contracts.
They’ll do a great deal to help us forge ahead to meet our recycling targets speedily, which will be good for our residents and the environment.‘