UK recycling and waste management firm Viridor and Suffolk County Council have renewed their contract for ten years for the council’s mixed dry recycling programme.

As part of the £88.75m contract, the company will focus on recyclate sorting through Masons Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), near Ipswich, Suffolk.

The company will market the material through Viridor Resource Management starting in May.

Viridor local authority development head Simon Prior noted that the company and the councils have maximised Suffolk’s opportunities to recycle and contribute to a more circular economy.

Prior added: “We look forward to building on this work and advancing our shared goals of helping residents understand and make the most of their efforts in recycling.”

“We look forward to building on this work and advancing our shared goals of helping residents understand and make the most of their efforts in recycling.”

According to the company, Masons MRF plant annually processes more than 55,000t of dry mixed recyclate, including paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and metal cans. These materials are collected by all the Suffolk Waste Partnership authorities.

Suffolk County Council cabinet member for waste Paul West said: “We are looking forward to working with Viridor to build on Suffolk’s excellent track record of recycling and ensuring sustainable outlets for the recyclable waste collected from homes across the county.”

Earlier this month, Viridor announced that it will conduct a three-month deposit-return scheme trial in Scotland starting in February.

The trial is aimed at boosting recycling and reducing littering. It will be conducted in collaboration with the Scottish Grocers Federation and Envipco, a reverse vending machine manufacturer.

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