A new contract for recycling materials has been approved as two authorities look to save money.
North Tyneside and Newcastle City councils have joined forces to appoint a contractor to sort and bale household materials collected by the two authorities.
The six-year contract – awarded to O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions in Willington Quay – was launched last week with the aim of helping the councils make improved annual savings.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment at North Tyneside Council, said: “I am pleased we have worked together with Newcastle Council to ensure we have been able to get the best possible deal for processing these materials.
“And with the centre based in our borough, it also means we are helping to secure jobs and investment in the area.”
Coun Hazel Stephenson, cabinet member for communities at Newcastle Council, said: “This new contract highlights why local authorities should be working in partnership.
“We have been able to retain this key council service during times of continuing government cuts and cost pressures and demonstrate our strong and on-going commitment to being a sustainable city.”
Improvements to the current service include the extension of carton recycling to North Tyneside residents, something that households in Newcastle already benefit from.
Nathan O’Brien, director of waste management at O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract. The contract will also protect local jobs within our company which directly improves the local economy within both boroughs.”