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The Chorley plant: open for business

Neales’ residual waste MRF is a smaller version of a plant the group has in Turkey, using the same technology.

Masias won the work to build the Turkish MRF – which involved the removal of 95% of an existing plant and rebuilding it to a new specification – as well as the Neales MRF in the UK.

The MRF is open for business but is not yet fully commissioned. It is expected to have an official opening in the coming months.

Located next to an existing landfill site, the plant takes in municipal general waste along with commercial and industrial waste, and sorts and processes it into SRF, RDF and recovered materials.

Of all the incoming material, 45-50% is expected to go out as an SRF, a further 35-40% as lower grade RDF and about 10% material that could be recovered for sale, such as plastics and metals. While the SRF would be used within the wider group, the RDF would be traded on the general market, with most of it going to export.

Neales has been sending trial batches of the SRF to Denmark, and the two are still working to tweak its specification so that the material is fit for purpose at the receiving end. The plant samples its bales to provide an accurate breakdown of the materials, and there is also a lab on-site for testing and analysis.

  • Cost: £6.5-£7m
  • Capacity: 110,000 tonnes
  • Plant manufacturer: Masias
  • Neales Chorley MRF

    The Chorley plant: open for business

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