Wrexham signs £40m PFI recycling contract

WREXHAM County Borough Council has signed a £40m private finance waste contract with Waste Recycling Group.

The 25-year contract will enable Wrexham to meet its 2010 recycling targets and landfill diversion targets up to 2013.

The funding comes from the Welsh Assembly Government.

The contract will include the construction of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where kerbside and bring site recyclables will be sorted, baled and prepared for sale to recycling processors.

A state of the art enclosed composting facility is also proposed which will allow compostable waste streams to be recycled. The proportion of residual waste that is not recycled will be sent for treatment in appropriate facilities off-site.

Total capital investment in construction of the new facilities is expected to be approximately £17 million. The new facility will handle kitchen waste and cardboard.

Subject to planning permission, it will start in 2009 after the new facilities are built. Council leader Aled Roberts said Wrexham already had a recycling rate of 31% and that residents “can not do any more on their own.”