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Paper maker UPM opens MRF at Shotton mill

UPM officially opened a £17m MRF today at its Shotton paper mill that will be able to sort 270,000 tonnes a year of commingled material and achieve 99% recovery rates.

The facility, which was given £1.7m by the Welsh Assembly Government, has the latest sorting and screening equipment and is expected to recover around 120,000 tonnes of high-quality paper. It will be able to sort six types of plastic as well as metals, paper and glass.

The site was opened by company president and chief executive Jussi Pesonen, along with the ambassador of Finland.

Pesonen said: “The MRF clearly demonstrates how integrated manufacturing can work. We are working hard to maximise re-use and minimise waste. The UPM Shotton site is a clear example of our ‘Biofore’ vision and strategy in action.”

The facility uses natural light and recycled water, and is rated ‘excellent’ under the BREEAM building environmental assessment system. It will employ around 160 people.

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