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£21m Leicester MRF opens

The country’s only MRF that uses a specialist screen to recognise and separate highly compacted plastic and metal food packaging has opened in Leicester.

Packaging firm Casepak’s £21m plant has officially opened to sort 150,000 tonnes of dry mixed recyclables each year from Blaby District Council, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council and Rutland County Council.

Using dedicated equipment it is designed to capture at least 95% of the materials delivered to the plant.

Casepak director of MRF operations Kevin Thomas said: “This is not a waste treatment facility, it’s a production process for essential materials and, as with any production process, quality is the key.

“Our system is based on a combination of robust screen and optical sorting technology to achieve the best possible quality output. Our 50-100mm bypass screen also sets us apart. We are the first MRF to import this technology from the USA.”

Casepak is jointly owned by SCA Recycling and GAE Holdings.

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