O’Brien have worked with Durham County Council since 2012 operating a transfer station/delivery point in Durham where waste was bulked up for transporting and processing at the Newcastle facility without having a fixed contract in place for the recyclables.

Durham County CouncilOur relationship with Durham County Council started 2012 when the council were faced with a crisis with a previous waste supplier, O’Brien stepped in and helped clear the backlog. Working on an informal basis we continued to take and process material for Durham at our material recycling facility (MRF) in Newcastle and recently Washington on a rolling contract. O’Brien continue to operate a transfer station/delivery point in Durham where waste is bulked up for transporting and processing. Historically this was to our Newcastle facility but more recently Washington.

In 2015 O’Brien completed construction of a new dry mixed recycling (DMR), MRF in Washington (Sunderland Recycling Centre) which allowed Durham County Council to deliver material directly from surrounding collection areas with bin vehicles and bulked loads from council operated transfer stations.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Accept and handle all Contract Waste
  • Recycle Target Materials
  • Divert Contract Waste from Landfill
  • Maximise ”Waste to Resource” (in line with the waste hierarchy)
  • Maximise value for money for the Authority
  • Comply with all relevant Legislation
  • Accepted and processed each year will be 51,000 tonnes
“The waste management reports produced by O’Brien are extremely beneficial to us, helping us to identify which areas in the county need further engagement”

Jo Blackie, Contract Team Manager - Durham County Council

Scope of Materials:

  • Mixed Glass (collected separately in caddy)
  • Paper and Magazines
  • Ferrous and Non-Ferrous cans including aerosols
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Yellow Pages and other directories / catalogues
  • Paperboard and other packaging including Cartons


O’Brien purchased a transfer station within Durham and operate this facility solely as a delivery point for Durham collection vehicles. At this location there are separate tipping areas for the co-mingled and glass (collected separately) waste streams. We work closely with Durham County Council on reporting material quality and resident engagement.


Achievements O’Brien was awarded a 6 year contract in early 2016 with DCC for all of their material until 2022.