Recycling may include glass in two years

GLASS could be included in the Whitby area’s recycling collection by the end of 2013, it has been revealed.

The current contract is being operated by Yorwaste and it is due to expire in November 2013.

Members of Scarborough Council’s cabinet approve tendering the contract for recycling services at a meeting on Wednesday 15 March.

In a report by Andy Skelton, the council’s head of environmental health services, he said the council currently operated a “co-mingling recycling collection regime” which required materials to be sorted at a recycling facility.

He added: “The council does not operate its own materials recycling facility and this service is contracted in. “The main risk is that the tender contract prices are higher than the current contract but this is believed to be unlikely.”

In January 2007 the council proposed the current fortnightly collection scheme and it was introduced in October of that year.

Mr Skelton said: “The scheme provides kerbside collections of recyclable materials to every household with clean paper, card, metal cans and all plastic bottles being collected.

“These materials are co-mingled in one bin, the material being taken to Seamer Carr where they are sorted and bulked up for transport.”

The value of the new 10-year contract is estimated to be worth £2.5 million. Mr Skelton said: “The existing contract is for the sorting of co-mingled recyclables including paper, card, plastics, metal cans and the processing of green waste delivered to the facility at Seamer Carr or the transfer station at Whitby.

“Any new contract would be similar except that it would include glass in the co-mingled dry recyclable stream.”

According to the report the current collection system has achieved a recycling rate of around 40 per cent and it was designed to allow for additional materials to be collected in the blue bin.

Mr Skelton said: “The latest change was the inclusion of plastic packaging materials in November 2010.

“It has been an aspiration to include glass but until now the technology for separating glass from the other materials has been both expensive and inefficient.

“A system capable of sorting glass at a relatively low cost has been identified but as the current contract expires in 2013 it will be necessary to tender for a new contract from 2013 to include glass as a co-mingled material.”

He said that cabinet approval was needed before any final tender could be found.