The West Midlands is severely under resourced with large recycling facilities and it is important that a lot of money is pumped into building new recycling infrastructure, according to Veolia Environmental Services.
The announcement comes at a time when Veolia has just received planning permission to build its sixth UK materials recovery facility (MRF) which will be able to process 40,000 tonnes per annum of commercial waste and will be based near Wolverhampton.
Veolia chief executive Jean-Dominque Mallet said: The West Midlands is severely under resourced with large recycling facilities and it is important that there is major expenditure in recycling infrastructure.
Veolias managing director of Birmingham Steve Mitchell added: There are a number of construction and demolition waste MRFs in the West Midlands area, but none that are currently able to take commingled kerbside collected municipal materials.
Recycling rates in the West Midlands, while not the worst in the country, do need to improve and with significant additional activity by local authorities in the area, this is giving impetus for the required sorting and processing investment.
There is also the desire to ensure materials are transported more locally reducing the carbon footprint.
Veolia are keen on the Containers MRF as it removes the need for kerbside sorting which is costly and slow.