Rubbish contract consolidated

Last updated 06:45 11/12/2013

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The Marlborough District Council has awarded a new combined rubbish contract to one of the companies providing some of those services now.

Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil said Christchurch-based Metallic Sweeping, which manages the transfer station and resource recovery centre, had won the contract to take over kerbside rubbish and recycling collection from next year.

It would also advance a new plan for recycling more commercial and industrial waste in Marlborough.

Mr McNeil said the new combined contract, consolidating all waste management and minimisation services, was within budget and would not result in increased costs to ratepayers.

Economies of scale had been achieved, enabling the one company, Metallic Sweeping, to take on the operation of all the transfer stations, coin skips, the resource recovery centre and reuse shop, the E-waste facility and salvage yard and the kerbside collections of rubbish and recycling, he said.

It would take over the kerbside rubbish and recycling collection from Earthcare Environmental, an Auckland-based firm.

The new long-term contract begins in July next year. Under the contract, the company would increase the quantity of material diverted from the landfill by working with the community and expanding the re-use centre operations across the region, Mr McNeil said.

Metallic Sweeping would also develop plans for a commercial and industrial sorting facility to sort material from skip companies and transfer stations to reduce the amount of cardboard, metal, glass, brick, soil, rubble, wood and plastics currently being sent to landfill. These proposals would be presented to the council and the community for consideration next year, he said.

Marlborough generates about 55,000 tonnes of waste a year of which 38,000 tonnes is sent to landfill.

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- The Marlborough Express

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