29 June 2020 by James Langley

Lincolnshire dry recycling renewal for Mid-UK

Mid-UK Recycling has won a renewed contract now worth more than £23 million for the collection, haulage, processing, handling and sale of dry recyclable materials across Lincolnshire.

Inside Mid UK’s MRF in Grantham (Picture: Mid UK Recycling)

Awarded by Lincolnshire county council, the contract is to run for five years with the potential of a two-year extension.

Divided into six lots, the contract covers the management of dry recyclate materials collected from seven waste collection authorities across Lincolnshire and taken to waste transfer stations at Boston, Gainsborough, Grantham, Louth, Sleaford and South Hykeham.

This will then be processed at Mid UK’s MRF at Caythorpe, Grantham.

John Coates, head of waste at Lincolnshire county council, told letsrecycle.com: “The contract is for the processing of the dry recyclables collected by the seven district councils or their contractors in Lincolnshire.

“The materials will be delivered by the districts into the county’s waste transfer stations from where it will be bulk hauled to the Mid UK MRF at Caythorpe, Lincolnshire.”

The council estimates the first year of the contract will see Mid-UK manage 69,000 tonnes of waste.

When put to tender, the contract received bids from two companies. Contractors could bid for more than one lot, including all lots, which Mid-UK did.

The seven waste collection authorities from whom Mid-UK Recycling will collect the dry recyclate materials are East Lindsey district council, West Lindsey district council, North Kesteven district council, South Kesteven district council, City of Lincoln council, South Holland district council and Boston borough council.


Caythorpe-based Mid-UK was acquired by the Beauparc Utility Group in June 2019 and became New Earth Solutions (West) Ltd T/A Mid UK Recycling (see letsrecycle.com story). Based in Ireland, Beauparc owns the Panda brand, one of the country’s most well-known waste collection and recycling businesses.

Beauparc Utilities also owns the Panda waste management brand

Mid-UK recycles a combination of agricultural, commercial and industrial waste, green waste, paper and cardboard, plasterboard and wood waste. The business also provides renewable fuels, skip hire and waste collections alongside its transport collection fleet.

Founded as a family business in December 1997, the company operates from six sites across Lincolnshire.


Representing an estimated population of nearly 1.1 million people, Conservative-controlled Lincolnshire county council had a recycling rate of 41.9% in the 2018/19 financial year. This is lower than the national average of 45.1%.

In September 2019 the county launched a twin-stream recycling trial in a bid to boost the quality and amount of paper recycled (see letsrecycle.com story). Seven and a half thousand homes were involved in the trial of the system, which saw paper and card collected separately from other recyclable materials.


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