19 June 2017 by Steve Eminton

Casepak continues with Erewash sorting work

Leicester-based recycling and waste management company, Casepak has been awarded a further contract by Erewash borough council to process 9,000 tonnes of co-mingled, kerbside recyclables per annum.  

Casepak has processed recyclables from Erewash Borough Council since 2012 under an agreement between the council and contractor FCC Environmental. Under this agreement Casepak was FCC’s chosen reprocessor for Erewash’s commingled recycling.

The new contract started in April 2017, and is a direct agreement between Erewash and Casepak which will run until 2022, with anoption to extend for a further two years.

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(l-r) Julie Harvey, waste and fleet manager, Erewash borough council; Lee Bradbury, MRF operations manager, Casepak; and Nick Thurstan, head of environment and housing services, Erewash borough council

Erewash Borough Council encourages all its residents to recycle and operates a kerbside collection service for dry mixed recycling to every household across the borough. The recycling stream comprises paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal and aluminium cans, drinks cartons, batteries and all grades of plastic, including cling film.

Once collected from 54,000 homes across the borough, the items are sent to Casepak’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Braunstone Frith, Leicester. Casepak said: “The material is then sorted, graded and processed using the latest recycling technology.

Cllr Garry Hickton, Erewash’s lead member for environment, said: “Our current recycling rate stands at 42% and we are hoping that, with Casepak’s help, we can improve our recycling performance over the lifetime of the contract.

“In our dealings with Casepak under the previous contract, we have always found them to be professional and efficient. With the cutting edge technology utilised at Casepak’s MRF, residents in Erewash can recycle a wide range of items that has led to high levels of resident satisfaction with our kerbside recycling service. We all believe, now the new contract is up and running, that the service will go from strength to strength.”

Cllr Hickton continued: “The council is committed to working in partnership with Casepak to ensure the contract is successful. We hope that during the contract term, additional items will be added to the recycling stream to make the service we provide to our residents even better.”

Best value

Georgina Cullen, Casepak’s business development director, said: “Casepak has worked with Erewash for the past five years, and were very pleased to be invited to look at ways in which to improve the service to ensure the council continues to receive best value.

“We recently welcomed key members of the council to the MRF, providing them with a tour and step-by-step process of the recycling journey materials go through. This visit provided the council with a greater insight and understanding of recycling and reprocessing.

“We look forward to partnering with Erewash borough council over the next few years and helping to increase recycling rates across the district.”

 

Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 150,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed. The MRF has exceeded standards set by the Code of Practice and produces Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs


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