Aylesbury Vale District Council extends paper recovery contract with Aylesford Newsprint by five years; local authority delivers more than 5,000 tonnes/year of recovered paper to company's Kent, England, newsprint mill

Mathew Kearney

Mathew Kearney

KENT, England , November 15, 2010 (press release) – Aylesbury Vale District Council has extended its contract with Aylesford Newsprint by five years, enabling the authority to continue its excellent record for the kerbside collection and recycling of used newspapers and magazines.

Each year Aylesbury Vale District Council collects more than 5,000 tonnes of recovered paper from 97% of the area’s 71,024 households. Newspapers and magazines are collected separately on a bi-weekly basis, with a second basket provided for mixed cans and plastics. The Council also collects mixed glass on a monthly basis. All of these kerbside collections contribute to the council’s current recycling rate of 22%.

Paper collected within the Aylesbury Vale area has been reprocessed at Aylesford Newsprint for more than 10 years. It is important to the Council’s waste team and the members to which they report to not only provide a practical environmentally acceptable solution to recycling, but also to recover the best value for this resource.
Commenting on the contract, Martyn Jarvis, Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Waste Technical Officer, said: “We have worked with Aylesford Newsprint for many years and have always had an excellent relationship with them. They provide us with good value for a good quality product - and in the current economic climate that is really important.”

Looking to the future of the area’s recycling and waste diversion, Martyn said that the Council would be looking for new solutions to increase recycling rates and to harness householder enthusiasm to recycle more items. “In years gone by we had to explain why householders should recycle; that has now changed and householders are keen to recycle as much as possible – we now need to consider how we can keep up with this desire to recycle within the financial limitations of the current climate.”

Aylesford Newsprint works closely with suppliers of paper, providing bonuses for high quality deliveries and advice on how to further maximise both participation and collection. The company also works to find the best logistics solutions. “We have worked well with Aylesbury Vale over the last decade and I’m delighted that they have extended their contract to 2015,” said Aylesford Newsprint Area Manager Lesley Letts. “We have worked with them for many years on their very popular Recycled Clothes Show and will be there to provide support when needed as they introduce new initiatives.”

Aylesford Newsprint has been producing 100% recycled newsprint from UK recovered newspapers and magazines since 1984. The company works with more than 200 local authorities, waste management companies and not-for-profit organisations, providing a long-term guaranteed market for recovered paper. From these deliveries Aylesford manufactures the 100% recycled newsprint branded Renaissance, supplying national newspaper groups such as News International, Trinity Mirror and Associated Newspapers as well as regional publishers in the UK and to publishers throughout Western Europe.

Paper recycling and newsprint manufacture is one of the UK’s most mature resource recovery end markets. To maintain and increase the potential of this successful mainstay of landfill diversion, Aylesford Newsprint is working closely with both its suppliers and customers to facilitate maximum resource diversion and develop new markets. Combined, these will provide the flexibility needed by collections authorities and their contractors while still guaranteeing the high quality end product required by the publishing industry.

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