Palm Recycling corners Welsh market

Despite stiff competition from Biffa and Aylesford, Palm Recycling has won the 3 year contract to provide paper banks across six councils in South East Wales. This contract will involve the company paying an undisclosed sum to the local authorities per tonne to collect paper in over 100 banks that will be spread across the region, and the contract began in July 2011.

Based on the tonnage that was collected by the previous contractor, who was Aylesford Newsprint, this new deal is expected to yield in the region of 1000 tonnes of material in a year. After the initial 3 years are up, there is also an option in place to extend it by a further 2 years.

Palm’s paper banks are being situated in 70 convenient locations, such as schools, community locations and supermarkets across the regions. This scheme is aiming to increase not only the amount of paper that is collected to be recycled, but also the quality of it.

The 6 councils involved in this new scheme are Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Torfaen and Newport, all of which are members of SEWWMG, the 10 council strong South East Wales Waste Management Group.This contract is the latest that the group have let regionally, and they are working with the Resource Efficiency Wales consultancy to procure contracts for materials for its members.

The remaining 4 SEWWMG members can opt into the deal at any time if they want to. James Kay is Resource Efficiency Wales  regional waste co-ordinator for SE Wales, and he has said that another, as yet unnamed, council have virtually opted into this contract.

To successfully secure this contract, Palm Recycling had to beat of tough competition from the former holder of the contract Aylesford Newsprint, based in Kent, as well as Biffa, the well known waste firm, and 2 waste firms based in South Wales; Wormtech and DS Smith Recycling.

The business manager for Palm Recycling, Ross Johnstone, has said that this new collection service for paper banks has been developed in partnership with SEEEMG, and adds further recycling opportunities to the community by offering even more ways of recycling paper both easily and efficiently.

He said that once the paper had been collected,   it would be processed in their state of the art Norfolk based paper mill, which would then provide reels of newsprint for all the major magazine and newspaper groups throughout the UK and the rest of Europe.

Palm currently has a network of in excess of 6000 recycling banks across the UK, and offers what it describes as ‘turn-key’ management packages for all the sites that it involves in the options of supply, maintenance, service and monitoring.