Council chiefs have announced a new waste deal which will save £6.9million over five years while keeping borough bin collections the same.
And in the process of re-tendering waste contracts Bedford Borough Council has made a stand against sending our 70,000 tonnes of yearly waste for incineration at facilities similar to the controversial Covanta project.
Dave Hodgson, the Mayor of Bedford, said: “I am delighted that after years of hard work we have managed to secure contracts which save Borough residents nearly £7million.
“I have always made clear my opposition to mass burn incineration and we will now see our waste being recycled and processed in a way which will deliver an immediate increase in a our recycling rates of up to four per cent.
“Rather than all the waste just being thrown in the ground or burnt, mechanical and biological treatment of our black bin waste will see more recyclable material extracted from the waste stream.”
“The new contracts deliver outstanding savings and are great news for the environment.”
The council inherited waste contracts from the former county council which involved black bin waste being sent for landfill and incineration.
New contracts, which have been negotiated over two years, will see this waste treated via the environmentally sustainable mechanical and biological treatment (MBT) process.
Bedford Borough Council is currently campaigning to stop plans for a giant waste burning incinerator in Stewartby by US firm Covanta.
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