Valpak wins Shropshire Council WEEE collections contract
Compliance scheme Valpak has won Shropshire Council’s tender for the collection and treatment of household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Valpak, which was recently acquired by waste management company Reconomy, was awarded the two-year contract – with the option of two additional years – in February and will now manage all household WEEE sourced from Shropshire’s designated collection facilities.
Shropshire operates five household waste recycling centres and Valpak will oversee the provision of storage and compliant recycling for all five streams of WEEE waste collected – these being small mixed WEEE, large domestic appliances, refrigeration, fluorescent lighting and display equipment. Solar panels are classified as a sixth stream but are rarely collected at HWRCs.
Valpak is also exploring the introduction of additional projects to enhance the service. These include collaboration with a third sector reuse organisation to refurbish suitable items for reuse by low income families, options on battery recycling and the use of social media platform advertising to target specific groups of residents.
James Nash, Commercial Manager at Valpak, described the win as a welcome addition to the company’s portfolio, adding: “We are looking forward to working with Shropshire Council. The sites are outstanding and the partnership will benefit all involved. We can offer a fully compliant WEEE service, while also securing a guaranteed source of WEEE for our compliance members. Our service is fully compliant with the WEEE regulations, but we try to go a step further by establishing really robust procedures for auditing contractors.”
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for Waste Management, added: “We look forward to working with Valpak to increase the amount of Shropshire’s WEEE that is currently sent for recycling. We encourage residents to take their waste electrical equipment to one of our five household recycling centres, where it can be left at one of the appropriate collection points.”