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Casepak handed 64,000-tonne Leicestershire recycling contract

Recycling and waste management company Casepak has been awarded a contract by Leicestershire County Council to handle and process up to 64,000 tonnes of dry mixed recyclables.

The Leicester-based firm was awarded the contract to process the county’s dry mixed recyclables after the contract was put out to tender following the council’s decision to pass the ‘Dry Recycling Credit Saving Strategy’, which seeks to reduce the council’s expenditure on recycling credits.

The dry recycling stream includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal and aluminium cans and drinks cartons which, once collected, will be sent to Casepak’s £21-million materials recycling facility (MRF) in Braunstone Frith, Leicester, which has the capacity to process up to 150,000 tonnes of material every year, with a 95 per cent material recovery rate.

Casepak handed 64,000-tonne Leicestershire recycling contract

The transition to the new contract, which will last a minimum of four years with an option to extend up to ten years and is due to commence on 1 April 2018, is expected to be smooth, given Casepak’s existing contracts with several Leicestershire waste collection authorities.

The company currently processes a combined 38,000 tonnes per annum of recyclable materials from Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council and Harborough District Council at its MRF, and could potentially gain an extra 20,000 tonnes of dry recyclables from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Melton Borough Council, and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.

Casepak also manages an additional 6,000 tonnes per annum from Recycling and Household Waste Sites in Leicestershire at its Collections and Processing Facility in Enderby.

Commenting on the announcement, Councillor Blake Pain, Cabinet Member for Waste at Leicestershire County Council, said: “Following a competitive tendering process, we are happy to be able to work with Casepak in our attempts to encourage residents to recycle their waste.

“Awarding this contract will not just help us towards our goal to save more than £1 million a year, but it supports the local economy and recycling services.”

Georgina Cullen, Casepak’s Business Development Director, added: “As a Leicester-based company we are delighted to have been awarded this substantial contract to process the county's dry mixed recyclables.  

“We look forward to partnering with Leicestershire County Council over the next few years and helping to increase recycling rates across the county.”