Veolia has invested £1m in new technology that will convert previously non-recyclable paper and cardboard into a manufacturing material.
The machinery is able to identify and capture fibre fragments within household waste and convert them into a pulp that has been named “Pro-Fibre”.
The technology will be used in a facility in Sheffield, where Veolia expects the scheme to treat up to 20,000 tonnes of waste a year.
Veolia predicts this will generate up to 14,000 tonnes of Pro-Fibre annually, which it will pass on to manufacturers as a raw material.
Pro-Fibre can be used to make products including cellulose-based insulation, packaging, and plaster boards.
Veolia head of circular economy Forbes McDougall said the technology will help increase recycling rates across the UK.
“This new technique allows fibres that would normally not be recycled to be turned into a new product with a wide range of uses,” he said.
“We’re open to new applications and welcome ideas from manufacturers who would identify Pro-Fibre as a feedstock alternative.”