Resource Use

Bryson wins major recycling contract

Bryson awarded contract from arc21
Tim Walker, arc21's Acting Chief Executive, and Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling, at announcement that Bryson Recycling has been awarded a major contract by arc21 to process recyclables from over 250,000 households in Northern Ireland
Social enterprise company, Bryson Recycling, has secured a major contract to continue processing recyclables collected from over 250,000 households in Northern Ireland. The three-year contract, which secures work at their material recovery facility in Mallusk has been awarded by arc21, a collaborative partnership of six councils in the east of Northern Ireland.

The contract entails sorting recycling materials collected in wheeled bins across five council areas: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council; Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; Belfast City Council; Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council; and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Bryson Recycling’s Director, Eric Randall, said: “We are delighted to have won this contract which secures the jobs of over 100 staff at Bryson and demonstrates that social enterprises can deliver high quality, efficient and cost-effective public services. We currently process recyclable materials collected from 55 per cent of Northern Ireland’s homes and look forward to continuing to help councils and residents recycle as much as possible.

“We focus on producing high-quality materials that can be recycled locally. Over 88 per cent of the materials we process through this contract will be recycled in the UK, helping to support local jobs and the economy”.

Acting Chief Executive of arc21, Tim Walker, added: “After much interest from waste management firms, it’s great that we’ve been able to award this contract. We’re really pleased to see the current focus on quality recycling and the positive contribution this will make to jobs in the region. We look forward to continuing our long-standing arrangements with Bryson and wish them well in delivering this contract.”

As Bryson continues its collaboration with arc21, it urges local councils to make the most of recent funding provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland, by introducing ‘Wheelie Boxes’ to their local kerbside collections.

In August, DAERA announced it would be putting £23 million towards its Household Waste Recycling Collaborative Change Programme to improve the quality of material collected at the kerbside.

Back in 2014, Bryson developed the ‘Wheelie Box’ system, a set of stackable recycling boxes that slot onto a wheeled trolley, making it easier for householders to separate their dry recycling without the need to move or lift any individual compartments.

Increasing the level of separation of recyclables at the kerbside reduces the risk of contamination, resulting in higher-quality recycling and lower levels of material rejected for disposal.

The Wheelie Box system was first adopted by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and is now also being trialled in Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh,. The introduction of the Wheelie Boxes resulted in a 30 per cent increase in recycling in Newtownabbey and was reportedly well-received by residents.

Bryson has predicted that if all councils in the East of Northern Ireland utilised the new funding and introduced Wheelie Boxes to their kerbside systems, this would cover 350,000 households and boost the country’s recycling economy by an estimated £50 million.

For more information on Bryson Recycling please visit the company’s website.

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