Paper and plastics recycler Casepak, which is jointly owned by SCA Recycling and GAE Holdings, is constructing a new £21m multi-material MRF in Leicester.
Once operational, it will have a 150,000 tonnes per year capacity. It will sort mixed dry recyclables including paper, card, plastic, metal and glass, aiming to recover 95% of the mixed waste.
Casepak is already situated on another site in Enderby, Leicester where it collects and processes 145,000 tonnes of paper and plastics each year. This site will continue to provide specialist paper and card recycling services, while the new site will be responsible for local authority and business waste.
Casepak chairman George Smith said: “We’ve been recycling plastics now for the last decade and developing a MRF with full multi-material capacity was the natural next step. That is now becoming a reality.
“This new facility will allow us to provide our customers with a wider waste and resource management solution for both the municipal and commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors. Providing additional capacity is essential if local authorities are to increase household recycling rates above 50% to meet existing legislation.”
Smith added that he hoped the waste review, which is due to be published in May, will put more emphasis on the C&I waste sector, requiring increased sorting and processing capacity.
The design of the MRF builds on the expertise gained by SCA Recycling after it launched its MRF in Southampton in 2009. Equipment will include specialist screening for highly compacted materials, additional fibre screens to produce high quality newspapers and magazines and dedicated optical sorting technology to produce a high quality mixed paper fraction.