The partnership will develop alternative disposal options for materials presently sent to landfill sites, and generate, where commercially viable, recycled materials for reuse by the authority and local construction markets. Such a relationship will deliver long term benefits for Liverpool and contribute towards a 'greener future'.
On behalf of the City Council, Tarmac Quarry Products will operate and manage a waste recovery facility, the location to be determined by the Council. The site will store, segregate, sort and process materials generated as a result of construction and maintenance work within Liverpool.
The longer-term partnership agreement was reached after an extensive selection process, leading to the choice of Tarmac as the preferred partner. Once established the partnership will give considerable environmental and cost benefits to the city and its people including:
A recycling initiative will demonstrate a practical and economical response to Local Authority Agenda 21 and sustainable development through the minimisation of waste passing to landfill and the conservation of finite natural resources.
Lower operating costs:
Through a reduction in waste disposal charges and greater operational efficiency through a central disposal point for many of the Authority's environmental services, thereby lowering vehicle movements, fuel costs and lost travelling time.
Tarmac as a credible partner:
Liverpool City can be confident of Tarmac's ability to offer long term financial security and operational excellence, ensuring an equitable and rewarding partnership. Tarmac has a commitment to and experience in the development and operation of specialised recycling facilities and through Tarmac Quarry Products currently operates five stand-alone urban recycling operations.
Councillor Peter Tyrell, Chair of Liverpool City Council's Contract Services Committee, said: 'This partnership with Tarmac Quarry Products is very good news for Liverpool. It will enable us to minimise waste from construction materials by recycling them.
'Not only is this good for the environment but there should be considerable savings to the City Council through reduced waste disposal costs and increased efficiency.
'The partnership demonstrates the City Council works in partnership with private sector companies when it is for the benefit of the citizens of Liverpool.'
Bill Bolsover, Tarmac Quarry Products' chief operating officer, said: 'Tarmac is delighted to be chosen as the preferred partner in what will undoubtedly prove to be a very significant environment initiative. We will develop the potential for all inert waste within Liverpool in order to produce a valuable range of construction aggregates, so responding to Government objectives.
'I think that it is tremendous that Liverpool leads the way by adopting such a long-term strategy.
'We are now talking to Liverpool's planning authority to determine the exact location of the site.'