Associated Waste Management (AWM) has launched a new “super MRF” capable of processing more than 200,000 tonnes of waste in Morley, Leeds.
The £12.5m centre was opened by local MP Ed Balls. Once it reaches capacity, the new facility will bring 50 new jobs into the area.
When the centre is operating, AWM will be responsible for recycling waste from around 250,000 houses across the region.
AWM was formed in 2000 and has more than trebled in size in the past 36 months, employing 160 employees. It has bought a number of companies including the Just Recycling Group, Aero Waste Disposal and Leeds Environmental Organisation.
Business development director Tim Shapcott said: “Through acquiring these companies we have benefited from economies of scale, increased geographical coverage and a client base of industrial and commercial customers.
“These businesses have brought a number of synergy benefits giving us a critical mass throughout the region.”
The company handles an estimated 320,000 tonnes of waste from its collection vehicles and customer delivered waste, with around 25% currently heading to landfill. AWM said they are aiming to reduce that figure to less than 5%.