New contract for waste will save millions

Barr Environmental Ltd has been awarded a contract by East Ayrshire Council on behalf of East and South Ayrshire Councils which will deliver significant financial savings through the increased recovery and recycling of materials destined for landfill, ensuring that both Councils are on course to meet their national and European recycling performance targets.

The five year contract for the treatment and disposal of general waste has been carefully prepared and developed by East Ayrshire Council, in collaboration with South Ayrshire Council, to ensure that the immediate future of waste management locally adheres to the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan which sets out the Government’s aim of achieving a zero waste society within the next ten years.

Throughout Scotland a key driver for change is the landfill tax accelerator. For 2012/13 alone the projected landfill tax for East Ayrshire is £2.3m while in South Ayrshire the figure is £2.2m.

New technologies both installed, and yet to be installed, at its Garlaff site enables Barr Environmental Ltd to guarantee minimum annual diversion performance; provide recovery and increased recycling opportunity as well as benefitting local communities by providing both stability of employment and fresh employment opportunities.

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “When the Council set the budget last year we set out clearly how we were going to transform waste management services locally. The new contract arrangements with Barr Environmental Limited provide the platform to deliver our objectives, in terms of capacity, achievement of recycling targets and of course, landfill diversion.

“Through partnership working we have achieved a great deal for residents within East and South Ayrshire. The new arrangements won’t have an obvious effect on our residents, their collections will continue as normal but I can assure communities that we are driving forward positive change for the environment and fulfilling our obligations as set out by the Scottish Government.”

Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment added: “We’re very pleased to have been working with colleagues at East Ayrshire Council on this new joint waste treatment contract.

“It represents a huge stride forward in the treatment of domestic waste within South Ayrshire and, when combined with our new recycling and food waste collections, will continue to reduce the need for landfill, saving large sums of public money.

“We are delighted this new partnership will provide a much improved waste treatment service for South Ayrshire Council while at the same time ensuring the Council meets its statutory recycling and landfill diversion targets.”

Gavin Ramsey, General Manager of Barr Environmental Ltd said: “Barr Environmental Ltd. is delighted to be continuing its long-standing relationship with both East Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council, and is looking forward to working towards achieving the Councils’ targets under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations through investment in new waste processing technologies at our Garlaff facility.”

Notes to Editor
The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 are designed to deliver the following three key action points:
• progressive bans on the types of materials that may be disposed of in landfill, and associated support measures, to ensure that no resources with value for reuse or recycling are sent to landfill by 2020
• the separate collection and treatment (where appropriate) of materials in order to maximise their reuse and recycling value, and generate market supply – the initial focus will be on the separate collection of food waste and key dry recyclate
• ensuring energy from waste treatment is only used to recover value from resources that cannot offer greater environmental and economic benefits through reuse or recycling.


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