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Welsh councils announce book recycling scheme

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REW provides a service for Welsh local authorities to work collaboratively to achieve environmental and economic efficiency.

He leads a group of fourteen local authorities under the name of The Collaborating Local Authorities in Resource Efficiency (CLAIRE) Wales.

The group chose Goldstone Books as the framework’s winning vendor. Under the agreement, books, CDs and DVDs collected from member council sites are transported to Goldstone Books’ head office in Llandybie for processing.

Nine local authorities have signed the appeal contract so far, including Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (MTCBC), Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Cardiff City Council, Carmarthenshire County Council, Monmouthshire County Council, Newport Town Council, Powys County Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.

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The group said that typically eight tonnes of material is collected each week. He added that items are first roughly sorted as economically viable for reuse (around 70%) or sent directly for recycling (around 30%).

Books destined for recycling may be worn, damaged, wet, or an extremely popular title that is not unique enough for commercial resale. CDs and DVDs must be in “excellent quality order” complete with plastic case, branding and all supporting documentation, the group explained.

A “fine sorting” follows, registering and classifying the titles in Goldstone Books’ software system. The repurposed books were sold to the public at the company’s retail store in Carmarthen, with 2,000 books returned to the economy.

Frame

Led by MTCBC, the framework agreement allows for the formation of contract appeals by group members serving from April 1 this year until February 28, 2025. It also includes the option of a one-year extension. additional year.

Cllr David Hughes, Portfolio Member for Neighborhood Services at MTCBC, said that “as the framework has been adopted by other councils in Wales, there is an efficient and standardized contract which benefits from economies of scale. “.

James Kay, Regional Waste Coordinator at Resource Efficiency Wales, said: “Collectively we are implementing the waste hierarchy, keeping greater value in Wales as we move beyond recycling. We are all excited about the opportunities to work as a consulting group with Goldstone to increase circular economy opportunities within this framework.

“Circular economy”

Ashley Stamford-Plows, Founder of Goldstone Books, said: “Circular economy, reuse and recycling have never been more important. We are therefore delighted to have been chosen as the supplier of choice to continue to collect, reuse and recycle waste from over fifty local authority recycling centers across Wales, ensuring that everything we collect between in the circular economy or be recycled responsibly without anything being recycled. dump.”

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