As well as the recycling and waste collection services provided by the Borough Council and the recycling banks throughout the borough, Charnwood residents can also dispose of their domestic refuse and any recycling at the Recycling & Household Waste Disposal Sites run by the Leicestershire County Council.
In Charnwood these are located at:
From 1 November 2013 the opening hours at all Recycling and Household Waste Sites in Leicestershire will be:
- April 1 to September 30 each year, sites are to open seven days a week from 9am to 7pm &
- October 1 to March 31 each year, the sites are to open five days per week from 9am to 4pm (see opening schedule for more details). All sites will be open at weekends.
All sites are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day.
For more details please visit the County Council website or call 0116 305 0001.
Householders can visit any one of these sites to dispose of their own household waste in their own car. If you wish to visit these sites in a van, commercial vehicle or with a trailer over 4'-6" (1.4 metres) in length, you will require a permit to tip. There are two types of permit available. If you are borrowing or hiring a van, you can obtain a temporary permit by calling 0116 305 0001 during office hours. If you own a van for your own use, or have a trailer, you may be able to obtain a longer permit by completing an application form available on line, or for more information call 0116 305 0001.
Crayford materials recycling facility utilises optical sortation equipment that uses NIR (Nir-Infra Red technology) to sort plastic by polymer type, which are then ejected from the mixed plastic stream. These are typically sorted into HDPE and PET bottle fractions. The remaining mixed plastic fractions are then sent for onward recycling and reprocessing. Dedicated plastic reprocessing facilities will have further optical sortation equipment to achieve full polymer sort of all plastic grades, this equipment can sort down to particles of only a few millimetres in diameter.
Those items cannot be accepted at present. As pointed out these comprise of metal and plastic that cannot easily be separated at a materials recycling facility. Viridor is constantly looking to expand the list of recyclable materials that can be accepted at its facilities so as technology develops, those and other type of materials may be accepted for recycling.
There is a value to recycling, as it can be sold onto manufacturers to be made into new things. Any income generated from selling the recycling is put back into the service provided, so helping to keep Council Tax to a minimum.
Under the previous contract, the Council were paid a fixed, low rate for the recycling. Whilst this gave security through a guaranteed income when the value of recycling was low, it didn't take into account times when the value was higher.
The new contract for the sale of recycling to Viridor has a fluctuating value associated with the materials, so that when the market value is high, the Council get more money for the materials, and when the value is low, we get less. For security, there is a minimum value built into the contract, to ensure that we always get a reasonable payment for the materials.
The contract with Viridor also requires them to provide, at their expense, a transfer facility so that the Council is only required to travel to Mountsorrel to tip the waste collected. Under the previous contract, each vehicle had to travel to Coalville two or three times a day to tip. This change represents a big saving in terms of fuel (both financial and environmental savings) and time.
The cost of introducing green bins has been met by Serco, the Council's waste collection contractor. These represent a long-term investment with a one-off payment for bins, which is more cost effective over time than the continual supply of recycling bags.
Plastic film such as supermarket carrier bags and LDPE sacks from commingled collection rounds are removed at the front end of the process. The Crayford facility utilises bag splitters, that have a rotating ripping drum that splits the bags and empties the contents. The film is then removed manually from the remainder of the recyclable stream.
Charnwood Borough Council undertook a competitive tender process to find out the most efficient and cost-effective solution for the processing of recyclables collected across the borough. After the council’s comprehensive assessment, Viridor's tender successfully met the council’s criteria and proved to be the preferred option.
The Crayford MRF facility is located in close proximity to a number of its reprocessing partners, so although the front end movement of material from Charnwood to Crayford may be seen as a long journey, the movement from Crayford to the next stage of reprocessing is in many cases reduced. An example of this is that Viridor trades with Aylesford Newsprint Ltd, a large recyclable newsprint mill in Kent, which is only approximately 20 miles from the Crayford facility.
No cleaning is completed at Crayford of the recyclable commodities. Crayford is the first stage of the reprocessing process, sorting the recyclable materials into individual grades. Materials are then baled and sent to dedicated reprocessors per material stream. These reprocessing facilities will often employ washing and drying facilities into their processes to de-label and remove contamination of products.
Last updated: Thu 20th February, 2014 @ 12:14