Valpak has agreed a two-year contract with Shropshire council for the collection and treatment of household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from the county.
The deal sees Valpak manage all household WEEE sourced from the authority’s designated collection facilities (DCFs), which includes the five council-operated household recycling centres. The work had previously been carried out by the Veolia WEEE compliance scheme.
Commenting on the deal, James Nash, commercial manager at Valpak, said: “We are looking forward to working with Shropshire council. The sites are outstanding and the partnership will benefit all involved. We can offer a fully compliant WEEE service, while also securing a guaranteed source of WEEE for our compliance members.”
The contract will run for two years, with an option to extend for an additional two years.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire council’s cabinet member for waste management, added: “We look forward to working with Valpak to increase the amount of Shropshire’s WEEE that is currently sent for recycling. We encourage residents to take their waste electrical equipment to one of our five household recycling centres, where it can be left at one of the appropriate collection points.”
The announcement of the deal comes nearly three weeks after Shropshire announced that it was to “close and remove” its bring back sites this spring (see letsrecycle.com story), which included containers for small WEEE, which had gathered in the region of 17 tonnes of material per year during recent years.
Valpak, which describes itself as the largest environmental compliance scheme in the UK, added that it will oversee the provision of storage and compliant recycling for all five streams of WEEE waste. The company was acquired by Reconomy in December (See letsrecycle.com story).