New paper and card recycling contract

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THE HIGH QUALITY of card and paper recycled in Dundee along with changes to the recycling process could net Dundee City Council around £200,000 every year if councillors agree a tender bid next week.

City residents careful recycling of paper, card and cardboard coupled with a new facility for the materials created at the council’s Marchbanks Depot meant a revised contract updating the process was needed.

Anne Rendall convener of the council’s neighbourhood services committee said: “Moving storage to Marchbanks gave us the chance not only to handle more of the process in house but to retender in a way that enables us to go from paying a contractor to recycle this material to them paying us.

“The way we deal with paper and cardboard in the city, with the high levels of support we receive from householders, means that compared with other places Dundee’s paper and card is of such a high quality that it has a value to those companies who recycle it.”

If the bid by Smurfit Kappa Recycling UK is approved the new contract will begin in December and will cover transport for collection, onward transfer and reprocessing of mixed paper/card and carboard. The contract would run for two years with an extension option of up to a maximum of two further one-year periods.

Bids were evaluated on service requirements, contract administration and pricing the rebate per tonne including haulage costs from Marchbanks. Smurfit Kappa were the most economically advantageous bidder, offering around £200,000 of additional income to the council in a full year. 

Cllr Rendall added: “Making a success of recycling depends on the co-operation and support of lots of different parts of a sometimes complicated chain.

“The way we ask householders to separate their recycling, the householders’ engagement, council staff and contractors all have to work together to generate a scenario which is not only good for the environment but also boosts the council’s coffers enabling us to do more for the people of Dundee.”

The neighbourhood services committee meets on Monday (October 25).

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