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East London MBT plant opens

The UKs first large scale waste treatment plant using Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) has been opened by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs programme director of the Waste Implementation Programme John Burns.

At a cost of £45 million, the Frog Island Bio Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Rainham, East London, can treat up to 180,000 tonnes of the residual waste by shredding and drying it, extracting recyclates and producing material that can be burned as fuel.

East London Waste Authority (ELWA) chairman Cllr Milton McKenzie said: ELWA is pleased to be working in partnership with the four Boroughs and Shanks to improve the way the waste is managed in East London. Not only will the facility at Frog Island help the Boroughs to achieve our ambitious targets for recycling, it will also help divert waste from landfill and provide green energy for the future.

ELWA is the authority that deals with household waste for the London Boroughs of Newham, Havering, Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham.

The facility, which is part of a multi-million pound regeneration programme by Shanks East London on behalf of ELWA, also includes a traditional MRF.

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