UPM, the worlds largest user of recycled fibre in graphic papers, is expanding its interests by building its first materials recycling facility for commingled dry recyclables.
The firm is investing £17M into a materials recycling facility at its Shotton paper mill in North Wales to source high quality paper from co-mingled sources.
UPM head of recovered paper sourcing Craig Robinson said: Its our first venture into the commingled sector. We are very focused on quality of paper and weve seen the UK trends towards mixed paper and comingled collections, so its good for us to be able to offer this opportunity to our local authority partners.
As the biggest consumers of MRF material in the UK, we are confident our own MRF can process high quality material.
UPM already has four mixed paper sorting lines with one operating in London, sorting news and pams, which are used at its mills, and cardboard, which is sold on.
The UPM Shotton mill currently recovers 640,000 tonnes of recovered newspapers and magazines annually. Once built, the MRF will sort up to 200,000 tonnes of dry recyclables, of which 120,000 will be newspapers and magazines to be used directly at the mill, making up 20 per cent of its supply. Other recyclables such as plastic bottles, cardboard, and metals will be recycled by the companys partner customers. The facility will be situated adjacent to the paper mill.
UPM Shotton general manager David Ingham said: Our vision for UPM Shotton is to be the frontrunner in creating value from renewable and recyclable materials. Building a materials recovery facility at Shotton is a natural step towards this vision.
Almost 160 jobs will be created at the plant when it is operating to its maximum capacity.
The Welsh Assembly Government is providing £1.7M through a Single Investment Fund grant.
Deputy First Minister and minister for the economy and transport Ieuan Wyn Jones said: I am delighted that we have been able to support this latest investment, which represents an important boost for the economy of North East Wales and will deliver long term benefits for the region.
Construction of the facility will begin immediately to be completed by January 2011. There are no existing plans to build other such MRFs in the future.