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Lewisham recycling taps into London resource network

01st August 2016

Lewisham Council has become the latest London council to partner with leading UK recycler Viridor to maximise its recycling rates. The partnership will see around 18,000 tonnes of recycled material collected from households across Lewisham each year to be processed and sold by Viridor.

Across the UK, Viridor is connecting local authorities with cutting edge recycling infrastructure. Facilities such as Viridor’s state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Crayford, South East London ensures materials collected from households across the south east, such as paper, card, plastic bottles, cans and glass is sorted using optical sortation, mechanical process and manual quality control.

At the MRF, commingled recycling is processed into high quality recyclates, so more material can re-enter the manufacturing sector. This contract delivers convenient and cost-effective services for Lewisham householders, taking advantage of existing London resource management infrastructure.

Chris Jonas, Director of Business Development for Viridor said: “Viridor is pleased to continue working with the London Borough of Lewisham, for the next two and a half years. By developing a leading facility in the Capital we are able to aggregate vital recycling services in a real ‘London resource network’ for a number of local authority partners offering greater value, convenience and quality.”

Councillor Rachel Onikosi, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm added: “This service is good news for the residents of Lewisham. Every day hundreds of tonnes of material are placed into recycling bins from households across the borough, and the Viridor facility in Crayford is able to sort out the commingled recycling into high quality commodities. This means that more of the material we throw away each week can be efficiently turned into new products to be placed on our shelves in the future, saving energy and delivering good value.”

Read more about Viridor’s approach to Resources Networks

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