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FCC in line for Barrow council waste contract

By 21/12/2016News

FCC Environment has been named as the preferred supplier for refuse, recycling and street cleansing services by Barrow-In-Furness borough council.

The contract, which will commence on 1 April 2017 will run for an initial seven years with an opportunity to extend and will see approximately £2 million invested to deliver and improve services in the area, according to FCC. The contract is expected to be worth up to £2.5 million per year.

The Cumbria town of Barrow-in-Furness. (Picture copyright: Neil Mitchell, Shutterstock)

The Cumbria town of Barrow-In-Furness. (Picture copyright: Neil Mitchell, Shutterstock)

Collections are currently handled in the borough by Biffa – with recyclables sent to the company’s Hartlepool MRF.

Barrow-In-Furness borough council is one of six district councils in Cumbria. It consists of the large coastal town of Barrow-In-Furness, the small market town of Dalton-in-Furness and the parishes of Askam & Ireleth and Lindal & Marton covering an area of 7,796 hectares.

According to FCC the borough is more urban in nature than the other districts in Cumbria with over 90% of residents living in wards classified as urban. Barrow in Furness has a population of approximately 71,000.


The borough contains 33,500 dwellings, many of which are of traditional terraced types with wide back streets. The council intends to continue offering a weekly residual kerbside collection and a fortnightly dry recycling kerbside collection once the new contract commences.

The dry recycling collection service consists of two separate boxes – one for metal cans and glass bottles and jars, and one for newspapers and magazines, alongside a third box or bag for cardboard and plastic bottles. Green waste is also collected fortnightly, via a 240 litre brown wheeled bin, which is provided free of charge to 19,500 households.

The council achieved a combined dry recycling and composting rate of 30.8% in 2015/16 – according to figures published last week by Defra (see story) – having fallen from 33.9% 12 months earlier.

FCC Environment regional director Stuart Mander said: “FCC Environment has a growing reputation for service excellence across refuse, recycling and street cleansing services whilst delivering cost efficient operations to support authorities and we are delighted to have been appointed by Barrow-in-Furness borough council to carry out these vital functions on their behalf.”

Alan Barker, streetcare manager for the Borough, commented that it was a “very competitive” tendering process, and the council is  looking forward to working in partnership with FCC to provide the services to the residents of the borough.

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Source: Waste Managment