Company managing director Matthew Hoare said: The MRF was built in conjunction with Freedom Recycling, which owns the site and will employ the MRF staff.
We already had two contracts with local authorities in Essex and wed had to put the material through a third party processor.
He said the new MRF would service the existing Essex contracts as well as any others taken on: We have ambitious plans to build more MRFs in the UK, with a view that each one will collect its material locally.
The Thetford MRF will initially have an annual capacity of 60,000 tonnes commingled material, which will increase to 75,000 tonnes by 2008. It will supply a high-quality grade of sorted paper to mills in the UK as well as Stora Enso's Langerbrugge Mill in Belgium. Newport Paper is also the UK agent for Stora Enso.