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Grundon Waste Management rebuilds MRF after fire

Grundon Waste Management is to rebuild the materials recycling facility at its Colnbrook, Berkshire site which was destroyed by a fire last year.

The new cutting edge £7M MRF will be installed inside the recently refurbished original building.

The fire broke out at the firms first and largest MRF in May 2009, a year after the plant had been refitted to accept mixed coloured glass bottles. It substantially weakened the building and the MRF itself was so badly damaged the decision was taken to build a new facility from scratch.

Since then, material that would usually have been handled at this plant has been spread across Grundons other UK MRFs for sorting.

Grundon Waste Management development director Neil Grundon said: We will rebuild according to [a] well-established Grundon strategy - investing in the most modern, proven technology available. After a comprehensive evaluation and selection process, were confident that when the new Colnbrook MRF opens in early autumn 2010 we will be offering our public and private sector customers the most flexible and responsive service for mixed recyclables in the UK.

BT Wolfgang Binder UK agent Kilkenny Materials Handling Systems has been contracted to design and install the MRF, which will be more energy-efficient than the previous plant. It will continue to process mixed recyclables, including bottles and jars but at a higher speed than it did before the fire. As a result this will mean the plant will be capable of sorting 150,000 tonnes of materials annually.

The MRF will be fitted with hi-tech equipment including seven Redwave Near Infrared Spectroscopy Auto Sorters which use infrared technology to sort, identify and extract plastics, glass, paper or cardbard. It can even extract difficult to handle materials such as Tetrapak cartons or plastic film. According to Grundon, it is the first time this technology is being used in a UK waste MRF.

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