Bristol city council will keep a close eye on a new two-year wood recycling contract it has awarded to Boomeco in order to guard against the type of problems that recently affected the companys separate RDF operations in nearby Avonmouth.
Boomeco has been contracted to recycle Bristol city councils waste wood for the past 12 months, but with the deal coming to an end the authority had been considering its options before this week (August 18) announcing it had awarded the firm another two-year deal, which comes into effect immediately.
Under the contract, Boomeco will mechanically sort 6,000 tonnes of waste wood per year from Bristols household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs), before diluting the material with high quality wood and shredding it. All ferrous and non-ferrous metal is then removed.
According to the council, around 90% of the material will be remanufactured into chipboard. The council declined to reveal the value of the contract.
The contract comes despite the authority putting in place strict measures to combat recent widely-publicised problems regarding the companys refuse derived fuel (RDF) operations in nearby Avonmouth (see letsrecycle.com story), which has attracted complaints from local residents and politicians.
But according to Bristol city council, since Boomeco signed the previous waste wood contract 12 months ago, there have been no complaints about fly, dust or noise issues regarding Boomecos wood operations.
However, the council was keen to stress that in awarding Boomeco the new waste wood contract, it has taken special care to advise decision-makers on any potential impacts from the wood processing part of Boomecos business, concluding that there should be no adverse impact on fly, noise or dust issues, as the processing takes place in a contained shed to limit noise and dust.
‘It goes without saying that we expect and demand a high standard of service and will keep a very close eye to make sure operations are problem-free and any issues are dealt with quickly and properly.’
Bristol city councillor Gus Hoyt
Bristol said in a statement: The council has pledged to keep a close eye on the contract, requiring monthly reports from Boomeco about their arrangements and operations, including any complaints they receive and copies of Environment Agency inspection reports. The council will also reserve the right to inspect the site and its operations at any time.
After assessing other options for its waste wood, including landfill and alternative providers, the council chose to stick with Boomeco as the firm was the most financially and environmentally competitive, passing several rigorous tests including environmental risk assessments and analysis of their equipment and waste treatment processes.
According to the council, sending wood to landfill would cost the city an extra 400,000 each year and reduce its recycling rate by around 3.5%.
Bristol city councillor Gus Hoyt, assistant mayor for neighbourhoods, said: This is a good value contract which will make sure we continue to recycle the citys waste wood in an efficient way which has minimal environmental impacts. The nature of the waste wood make flies a non-issue and the arrangements for reducing noise and dust should mean there is no cause for complaint.
It goes without saying that we expect and demand a high standard of service and will keep a very close eye to make sure operations are problem-free and any issues are dealt with quickly and properly.