Aylesford Newsprint is to invest in a 150,000 tonne capacity mixed paper sorting line at its mill in Kent.
In an interview to be published in MRW next week, Aylesford Newsprint head of recycling Andrew Perkins says that the company has no plans to follow the likes of UPM and SCA in building a multi-material MRF, but will instead focus on extracting value from soft mix paper.
He explains in the interview that Aylesford has been trialling the mixed paper sorting line for a couple of years and is running 30,000 tonnes at present.
Perkins adds: “We are looking to expand that substantially into something that will include a little more automation. That will allow us to pull off OCC as a separate item, news and pams as a separate material and then a mixed paper stream.
“That will be here at Aylesford and we are probably looking to put in a capacity of 150,000 tonnes. That is something we are actively pursuing at the moment.”
In the wide-ranging interview, he also discusses why quality of material remains an issue for the company, but also welcomes moves by some MRF operators to improve the quality of material coming from their facilities.
Read the interview in full in next week’s magazine or on www.mrw.co.uk