Paper recycler Newport Papers move into a wider range of materials recycling has been confirmed with the opening of its first materials recycling facility (MRF), in Hockwold, Norfolk (mrw.co.uk June 27 2007). The opening is a double first as Newport says that the MRF is the first to be completely powered by waste cooking oil derived biofuel. Designed to be as efficient as possible, the plant uses less manpower per tonne than older style MRFs. Operations started on November 16 after a two week testing period and material is coming from local authorities, including Basildon District Council and Brentwood Borough Council. As well as paper and cardboard, the MRF accepts all plastics, and aluminium and steel cans. Managing director Matthew Hoare said: "Now our first MRF is operational, we have better control over the quality of recyclate given to reprocessors. It is also a great first step towards our ambitious plans to operate five MRFs by the end of 2010." Equipment includes a state of the art baler, a bag splitter, two sorting platforms, a trommel and overband magnet which are designed to separate commingled materials.