South Gloucestershire is a Unitary Authority comprising 109,000 households on the northern and eastern fringes of Bristol and the rural areas and market towns north of the city.
SITA UK and South Gloucestershire Council entered into a 25-year private finance initiative contract which has already seen recycling rates rise from six per cent in 2000 to over 45 per cent in 2010/11. South Gloucestershire now has a target to recycle over 50 per cent of waste and SITA UK is currently working closely with the authority to develop plans to achieve this rate.
Waste management in South Gloucestershire is being delivered under the SORT IT!* brand, which is a fully integrated municipal waste management service. SORT IT!* collects, treats and disposes of all household waste in the South Gloucestershire area – over 145,000 tonnes per annum.
At the end of 2010, improvements to collection services included the introduction of weekly collections of food waste and fortnightly collections of plastic bottles and cardboard. In April 2012, SITA UK commenced sending food waste collected from local residents to an Anaerobic Digestion facility in Oxfordshire, run by Agrivert, where it is converted into valuable renewable energy and organic fertiliser.
The contract's waste minimisation team undertakes a high profile recycling promotions and waste minimisation campaign in the area, engaging with a range of local stakeholders, including schools and local residents.
For more information, take a look at SITA UK helps "Sort it!*" in South Gloucestershire.