London Mayor Boris Johnson will open Bywaters £7 million Lea Riverside material recycling facility (MRF) in east London later this week.
The 250,000 tonne a year capacity MRF was realised when Bywaters had to leave previous operations which fell inside the London 2012 Olympics site.
The mix of technologies used in the MRF is the result of 10 years of research and includes Titec machines, OCC screens, debris roll screens and polishing screens. Theres no trommmel because, business operations manager Ian Jones explained, it wasnt needed as the screen system produced high quality.
Managing director John Glover said: We think of it as a Dyson rather than a Hoover.
The MRF is important to London because it offers easy, local and sustainable services for recyclates.
Jones said: We werent sure how well the system would work, but now weve been running it for 10 weeks. Initially we thought the quality output would be 50%, but when we ran the system we were getting up to 70%, then with tweaks we were getting 90%. Were being approached by reprocessors because the end material is good quality.
Glover added: Because the end material is based on what you put in and a lot of our material comes from offices, our mixed paper is a much higher standard than some. Weve had no problem finding end material customers.
Bywaters also plans to add a second processing system to the Lea Riverside site once the first system has achieved two-thirds of its capacity.
Further developments could include transporting material on barges to and from the site on the River Lea. The company is waiting for the results of a feasibility study which is examining the economics, markets and environmental impacts of such plans.