From 1 July, the firm will be operating 11 sites in South Essex, which recycle a large range of materials including garden waste, engine oil, plastic bottles and scrap metal. Additionally, they take bulky items such as unwanted furniture.
May Gurney Environmental Services support and risk director Steve Longden said: “Our highways team already works with the council to help Essex residents travel around on well maintained roads and highways, and now we’re helping the country to recycle more and waste less. The management of recycling centres is an essential front-line service for local authorities and we look forward to delivering a first class service for communities in south Essex.”
May Gurney already operates 43 recycling centres across the UK, serving five per cent of the total UK population.
Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste Cllr Tracey Chapman said: “Essex County Council has pledged to increase recycling of waste to over 45 per cent in 2009, rising to over 50 per cent within the next three years, so it is imperative that we provide the very best recycling facilities for our residents.”
Essex County Council has the option of extending the four-year contract by another two years.