Council looking to buy £80,000 recycling machines

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Derry & Strabane Council is to begin a procurement exercise to acquire new cardboard compactors and paper banks.

The 14 new pieces of machinery will be installed within the Council recycling centres across Derry City and the Strabane District.

The move follows complications with using the equipment the council had on loan from a private company which has since gone into administration.

The council had previously had waste contracts with the company to provide the compactors and paper banks across seven sites.

The equipment had been bought by a different company and had been offered for sale to the Council. In a report brought before Derry and Strabane’s Environment & Regeneration Committee however, members were told: “The price is however not considered value for money and was subsequently declined”.

The report adds: “the continuation of paper and card collection services on the household recycling centres is essential to continue to divert waste from landfill is vital in terms of Council meeting both NILAS and recycling targets.

“The provision of proper material storage containers is critical to the proper operation of the sits with officers keen to replace this equipment as soon as is possible.”

The funding needed has been sourced from within current departmental budgets.