New waste contract set to increase recycling

In order to offer residents even better value for money, increased recycling opportunities and to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, Merton Council has signed a new waste management contract to change the way we manage our waste.

Starting 1 September 2008, the reuse and recycling centres at Garth Road and Weir Road will be managed by waste management specialists Environmental Waste Controls (EWC) although the council remains responsible overall for the service area.

The 14-year contract with EWC will enable Merton to recycle more materials more efficiently. EWC will have helpful advisers on site to assist with the contents of carloads arriving at the amenity sites. They will sort the load and advise residents about what can be recycled and where in the reuse and recycling centre they should leave their waste. This will improve the service to residents as well as increase recycling in the borough.

Merton Council Cabinet Member for the environment Councillor David Simpson said: ‘We are looking forward to working with EWC and to providing our residents with a much more customer focused service and increasing our recycling rate. As part of our efforts to increase recycling, we will need our customers to separate, amongst other materials, plastic, metal, card, paper, green waste, bicycles, electrical goods and engine oil, before they arrive. This will help speed up the process, otherwise please expect some minor delays as the service settles down.”