Mytum & Selby Recycling has successfully excavated a former landfill site into a MRF facility, thought to be the first of its kind in Europe.
The company excavated the landfill site in Goole, East Yorkshire, to build a 225,000-tonne capacity MRF for both local authorities and businesses, which is set to open in 2012 or 2013.
The company recovered and refined builders’ rubble, stone and tiling for bunding, all of the plastics, paper and glass were reprocessed, and food waste has been converted into compost for local farmers.
Mytum & Selby is now considering other technologies for the 17-acre site for the creation of refuse-derived fuel and energy from waste.
Managing director Steve Carrie said: “Landfill is often an issue nobody wants to tackle, but because we have invested in the latest technology, we see it as a great opportunity. At Goole we have been able to treat, re-use and recycle all the old landfill waste to help with levelling, landscaping and building the new centre.”