Paper reprocessor SCA Recycling UK is opening a new state-of-the-art £15 million materials recycling facility soon, expanding its operations into the multi-material market.
According to SCA Recycling the MRF will be capable of processing paper, plastics, glass, ferrous and non-ferrous metals to produce high quality materials. Cutting edge disc screen technology will be used to sort heavy and light materials and infrared optical equipment to sort the plastic.
SCA Recycling UK director Steve Smith said: A key focus of our new £15m MRF in Southampton is to produce material for the reprocessing industries which meets the very highest quality standards. MRFs are still relatively new to the UK and the technology they employ is developing and improving all the time to enable the operators to meet these high standards.
After looking at our business a few years ago we concluded that to continue to develop we needed to expand beyond our industrial recovered paper base in the UK into the multi-material market. Although we are in a recession we believe that it is a good time for SCA Recycling to develop and expand. We are the first integrated paper group to go into the multi-material market and we hope to lead the drive for quality.
The optical sorting units provided by National Recovery Technologies (NRT) will be the first of their kind in a UK MRF system. Using rapid infrared detection it sorts the plastics based on polymers type. The system should avoid typical problems such as plastic rolling backwards. While the disc screen technology, provided by Bulk Handling Systems, separates the material via a combination of its shape and size. The systems design also significantly reduces the problem of stretchy materials clogging up the equipment.