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FCC Environment tips the balance


FCC Environment’s market leading expertise in the development and management of household waste recycling centres is helping local authorities across the UK make a significant contribution to meeting challenging EU recycling and landfill diversion targets.


Household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) operated by FCC Environment on behalf of local authorities, are helping the general public to recycle their bulky household waste and ensure unwanted, but otherwise serviceable, goods are reused wherever possible.

Managing 87 household waste recycling centres on behalf of 21 local authorities and with more to come, FCC Environment is continuing to develop new ways of diverting more waste from landfill, such as working with national and local charity partners to open re-use shops selling items like furniture, bric-a-brac and toys.



Experts in household waste recycling

FCC Environment’s growing expertise is already well recognised.

Recently awarded an £11m contract from Warwickshire County Council to develop a modern household waste recycling centre that will serve Nuneaton and Bedworth, FCC Environment is managing the design and build of the centre that is set to open in 2014/15. It will save the county council around £175,000 a year in disposal costs and landfill tax.

Subject to necessary planning consent, the new centre will incorporate a purpose-built re-use shop which will be operated by the Nuneaton-based re-use charity, 2nd Chance.


FCC Environment has also won a contract to manage 10 household waste recycling centres on behalf of Buckinghamshire County Council. Two sites have purpose built re-use shops run by South Bucks Hospice. Residents can take a wide range of items such as clothes, cycles, electrical items, furniture, CDs and DVDs, tools and gardening equipment to be sold and reused

Steve Longdon, FCC Environment head of group development, said: “Value for money is an integral part of our household waste recycling offer, but it is also clear that high quality services and a flexible response to new regulations and recycling markets are proving equally compelling for our clients.

“FCC Environment’s track record in exceeding recycling targets and environmental performance standards, and sustaining high rates of customer satisfaction is fundamental to our success.”


Working in partnership

Working in partnership with charities like Sue Ryder, FCC Environment has helped to raise valuable funds for people in need of care, through the sale of household goods like cabinets, desks and wardrobes.

The re3 Partnership’s two HWRCs at Reading and Bracknell secured more than £6,000 in its first three months and over £18,000 in its first year for the charity.  Re3 is a waste and resource partnership between Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils, and FCC Environment.

More than 24,000kg (almost twenty five tonnes) of reusable furniture items have been collected in that time. The funds generated from sales go directly into expert care for people living with conditions including cancer, stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease.

Sandy Lunn, the retail business manager for Berkshire at Sue Ryder, said: “We’re delighted that re3 has chosen to support Sue Ryder in this way. To raise £18,000 in the first 12 months is incredible; it enables us to provide expert care when and where it’s most needed.”

FCC Environment's approach to deliver a sustainable future

  • We are keen to promote waste as a valuable resource in line with the European Waste Framework Directive

  • Our experienced team operate more than 200 recycling and renewable energy sites in the UK offering municipal and business waste solution for companies of all sizes

  • FCC Group are industry leaders in Energy from Waste with EfW plants throughout Europe

  • We work in partnership with local authorities, charities, schools and community groups to raise awareness of the need for a more sustainable future.

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