Wastewise secures £3m Derby contract 

Waste management firm Wastewise has been awarded an initial three-year contact worth £1 million a year to treat mixed garden and food waste from Derby city council.

L to R: Bob Wilkes, with Ian Drury, head of service (Waste Disposal), and Carly Walker, Technical Manager (Waste) of Derby City Council.

The contract, which has the option of a two-year extension, will see the organics recycler handle approximately 18,000 tonnes a year of kerbside collected comingled garden and food waste.

The waste will be treated at the company’s In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facility in Crewe.

(l -r) Bob Wilkes, operations and development director at Wastewise, with Ian Drury and Carly Walker of Derby city council

‘Nature’s way’

Bob Wilkes, operations and development director at Wastewise, said: “We are delighted to support Derby city council via this new contract which will further add to our output of peat-free compost. An environmentally responsible and cost-effective method, composting is nature’s way of recycling organic waste.”

The contract, previously held by Suez, began on 9 June.


The deal with Derby comes off the back of what the company describes as a “very successful” 18 months of growth.

Wastewise operates three composting facilities across the North of England under its organics recycling arm, Biowise and processes over 200,000 tonnes of food and garden waste a year.

The recycler said that the 18,000 tonnes of waste from the Derby city area will further “optimise capacity” at its Crewe plant.

And, it was reported earlier this month that the company is planning to expand the capacity at its IVC facilities in Willerby and Crewe, due to an increase in demand and volumes (see letsrecycle.com story).

‘Very pleased’

Derby city council is responsible for waste services for around 257,000 residents living in 111,000 households.

The council provides a service to residents which includes the fortnightly collection of organic wastes (comingled garden waste and food waste) from 240l wheeled bins.

Councillor Jerry Pearce, Derby cabinet member for streetpride added: “We are very pleased to confirm this new contract with Wastewise which will allow us to continue to drive forward our waste and recycling agenda and help residents of Derby dispose of their waste in a sustainable way.

“We were impressed with the level of technology deployed to achieve the high standard of composting on site. This cost-effective service will help us to increase recycling rates, including food waste, across the city.”


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