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New contract for the sale of recycled textiles, Welwyn Hatfield
Mar '11
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is again taking the lead on a contract, on behalf of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP), which will see all 11 Hertfordshire authorities financially benefit.

Following the success of organising county-wide contracts for the sale of paper and packaging materials, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has organised a new contract for the sale of recycled textiles.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will also manage the contract, which was awarded at its Cabinet meeting on 1 February 2011 to Cookstown Textile Recyclers (CTR).

Overall it is predicted the additional income from this latest initiative will be approximately £800,000 per year across the county and £2.4 million over the life of the contract. Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will benefit by around £30,000 in additional income per year.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Councillor Colin Couch, Executive Member for Environment, said: "This is another exciting recycling initiative that we are leading on, on behalf of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership. Together we continue to work on joint initiatives to generate additional efficiencies or income across the county."

County Councillor Derrick Ashley, Chairman of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership, said: "At a time when local authority finances are under severe pressure following cuts in local government support this is yet another example of Hertfordshire's councils working together to secure additional value for tax payers. This contract is set to generate substantial additional income which is vitally important in supporting the extensive range of recycling services provided across the county."

In December 2008, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on behalf of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership took the lead in a partnership with Newport Paper for the sale of paper across the county. In February 2010, it repeated the exercise. This time for the sale of packaging material, such as plastic, cans and glass.

There are 200 textile collection banks across the county that allow residents to donate unwanted clothes, textiles and shoes. These are then either sold as second hand clothes in the UK or abroad, or recycled for industrial use.

The collective agreement with Hertfordshire councils will result in a higher price for the recycling material sold to recycling companies.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

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