Grosvenor Waste Management has taken over the running of Peterborough City Council’s materials recycling facility (MRF).
In a deal that will bring £480,000 worth of improvements, the company will increase efficiency by installing new equipment over the coming months, including machinery to increase the sorting process, regulate the flow of material and help separate different types of waste. Facilities will also be added to recycle glass bottles and jars.
Peterborough City Council environmental management section head Paul Pace said: “Grosvenor has extensive experience in designing plant that performs to very exacting specifications to produce excellent quality materials for manufacturers.
The company opened its own MRF at Crayford near Dartford, Kent in September 2003 and the facility now operates as the UK’s largest MRF, serving London and the surrounding local authorities.
A highly advanced 25,000 tonnes plastics auto-sort line has just been commissioned to enhance the site’s plastics recycling sustainability.
Grosvenor director of recycling development Mary Corin said: “We are looking forward to working in partnership with the city council to achieve its statutory recycling targets while also creating a premier resource management hub for the region.
“We have built a leading reputation for our innovative approach to recycling and our skills in handling and marketing materials, which is the key to sustainable recycling. New opportunities to recycle materials are arising all the time and Grosvenor has the skills and knowledge to innovate and take full advantage of those opportunities.”
The company’s recycling and materials marketing now divert around 550,000 tonnes of material away from landfill each year, with it having extensive experience of working in the local authority and commercial recycling sector.