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Plymouth contract goes to Viridor

A 10-year contract to upgrade and operate a new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Plymouth has been awarded to Viridor.

Work on the £6m plant at Chelson Meadow will commence this month and, until it is ready in April 2015, Viridor will be taking recyclate from Plymouth to its MRF in Kent.

The new facility will process kerbside collected recyclate and includes glass for the first time.

The facility will have five near infra-red optical sorters to enable different types of plastic to be segregated, achieving an exceptionally high quality output from the recycling process.

Chris Jonas, head of strategic development at Viridor, said: “This facility reflects Viridor’s focus on delivering quality recyclate and meeting the requirements of our material reprocessers. This MRF site will be supported by Viridor’s other specialist glass, paper and plastics recycling plants that we are developing.”

Plymouth councillor Brian Vincent, cabinet member for the environment, said: “This is a significant landmark for us. We have wanted glass recycling right on people’s doorsteps for some time, but needed to replace the material recycling facility we had as it was not up to the job.

“This partnership with Viridor will not only help the council keep waste out of landfill and council tax down but will make recycling easier for residents.”

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