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Local council first to sign up to MRF

A local council has become the first to commit to sending waste to Holmen Papers new Material Recycling Facility (MRF) at Thurrock in Essex.

Braintree District Council has signed up to send material to the site which will separate paper from other domestic streams ready for transportation to its mills in Sweden and Spain.

Holmen Paper recycling manager Charlie Thompson said: Its signed, sealed and settled and we are very pleased that they [Braintree] being a local council are the first to come on board. We are anticipating taking between 7,000 and 8,000 tonnes a year from the area.

While Braintree has signed a five year deal, the company are currently in talks with several other local authorities over material for the site which is due to open this spring.

Its initial capacity will be for processing 75,000 tonnes of material, with this rising to 150,000 in the spring of 2008.

While collections will also include streams such as plastic bottles and cans, studies carried out by the company show that Holmen should be able to guarantee extracting 50% in clean news and pams from its intakes.

We are gearing up now towards the opening of the MRF and are getting all the advertising and publicity in place as well as talking to lots of councils.

There is not an official opening date arranged as yet, but it will be in the spring after Easter when we will invite press and all the councils down to have a look at the site, added Thompson.

Although the other streams will be passed on to independent processors following extraction, the new facility will help the company top the 200,000 mark for exports during 2007.

And with Holmen believing its commingled collections will make its services increasingly attractive to local authorities, it is hoped its annual throughput will rise above the quarter of a million mark in the next few years.



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