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£1.8M BOOST FOR BEXLEY'S SUPPLIER OF 'INTELLIGENT' RECYCLING BINS

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Straight plc has received its largest ever order, worth£1.8m, to supply a range of recycling containers to Bexley ...
Straight plc has received its largest ever order, worth£1.8m, to supply a range of recycling containers to Bexley LBC.

The order, for 80,000 wheeled bins, 80,000 kitchen bins and more than 150,000 kerbside boxes, is expected to give recycling in the Borough a major boost, according to waste and recycling manager Stephen Didsbury. 'We were already doing well, with a recycling rate in excess of 20 percent,' he comments. 'We're looking to almost double that by the year end, with a target of 37.5 percent.'

Building on a relationship that dates from 1998, when it delivered an initial

80,000 kerbside boxes to individual homes in the borough, Straight is once again home delivering its 140-litre wheeled bins and seven-litre kitchen bins for organic waste collection. The kitchen bins feature a locking lid to prevent spillage. Part of the order will be sourced from the company's manufacturing facility in Bradford, with back-up production coming from Greece and Germany.

Each bin is fitted with an RFID chip to allow scanning and monitoring while in use. Bins are assigned to designated addresses within the borough by allocating a unique barcode to each property. The combination of the built-in RFID chip and the barcode allows the speedy compilation of a complete database of chip identification, enabling the council to analyse participation and usage patterns at a competitive cost. Hardware for scanning the bar codes, as well as Straight's 'Track in the Box' software, was included in the£1.8 million contract.

Later this year Straight will deliver two further 55-litre boxes to each home in Bexley, bringing to three the total number per household. Local residents will then have one box for cardboard and paper, one for glass and another for plastics and cans, as well as the 140 litre wheeled bin and kitchen bin for organic waste.

'We were happy to give Straight a repeat order for their boxes, given that we are still using those supplied six years ago,' says Stephen Dids bury. And even though it was a competitive tender, they also had to prove that their quality matched that of traditional wheeled bin suppliers. Happily, they won on all counts,' he adds.

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