Avonmouth 'fly-infestation' firm Boomeco gets new contract

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The recycling firm at the centre of a series of fly infestations in Avonmouth has been given a new waste contract by Bristol City Council.

The local authority said it had extended Boomeco's contract to recycle wood for another two years.

It said the firm, which was closed down for a short period, passed "rigorous tests" to continue processing wood.

The council said it had assessed all options including landfill and alternative providers.

Boomeco was, it said, "the most financially and environmentally competitive, passing several rigorous tests including environmental risk assessments and analysis of their equipment and waste treatment processes".

'A non-issue'

The plant, which was shut by the Environment Agency in June, following the infestations, reopened in July.

The infestations had broken out in bales of biofuel which were being stored on the dockside prior to export.

They led to complaints from both homeowners and businesses in the area and the council served an enforcement notice when the company reopened, requiring it to adhere to "strict" working conditions or "face prosecution".

A Boomeco spokesman said at the time "lessons had been learned" and that "previous issues" had been remedied.

Councillor Gus Hoyt, assistant mayor for neighbourhoods, said: "The nature of the waste wood makes flies a non-issue and the arrangements for reducing noise and dust should mean there is no cause for complaint.

"It goes without saying that we expect and demand a high standard of service and will keep a very close eye to make sure operations are problem-free and any issues are dealt with quickly and properly."

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