Amey wins Central Bedfordshire HWRC contract

Public services provider Amey is to operate four household waste recycling centres on behalf of Central Bedfordshire council from April 2015.

Amey will operate four HWRC sites on behalf of Central Bedfordshire

The contract, which will initially run for seven and a half years with a possible 15-year extension, is worth an estimated £1.5 million per annum.

Amey will operate four HWRC sites on behalf of Central Bedfordshire
Amey will operate four HWRC sites on behalf of Central Bedfordshire

Amey will assume responsibility for the four sites in Central Bedfordshire: Ampthill, Biggleswade, Dunstable, and Leighton Buzzard.

The HWRCs were previously run by Viridor – which also currently processes around 40,000 tonnes of mixed dry recyclables on behalf of Central Bedfordshire and Bedford borough councils each year.

There will now be a two-month period to finalise arrangements before the new HWRC contract begins.

Mel Ewell, chief executive for Amey, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the contract with Central Bedfordshire council to manage their household waste recycling centres, and further increase our work in the region.

“The new contract will see us supporting the council to increase local recycling rates by developing new opportunities to recycle and re-use more household waste in the future.”

He added: “We are looking forward to delivering this service for the residents of Central Bedfordshire by building on our local knowledge, and drawing best practice from our national experience of waste management.”


Marcel Coiffait, director of community services at Central Bedfordshire council, said: “I would like to congratulate Amey on winning the contract to run our household waste recycling centres. We look forward to working with them and building on the sites’ current success, to continue to provide residents with a customer-friendly service and even more opportunities to recycle their waste.”

The award of the HWRC contract to Amey follows Central Bedfordshire’s decision to scrap plans for household residual and organic waste treatment facilities on the council-owned site at Thorn Turn near Dunstable (see story).

The project, which was abandoned in late 2013, would have seen the winning contractor treat around 100,000 tonnes of household refuse and organic waste per year.

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