A £27m MRF facility in Aberdeen, which has been described as the first of its kind in Scotland, has been officially opened.
The Altens East site, which can process up to 20 tonnes an hour of mixed recycling, was opened by Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council co-leader, and David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of Suez, on 20 October. Suez says the facility is the first in Scotland to accept commingled recyclables including glass.
Palmer-Jones said: “The facility has created almost 50 jobs for local residents, and we are looking forward to further deepening our relationship with the local community.”
The MRF also has an ‘A’ rating for energy efficiency and several energy efficient techniques were incorporated into its design, including solar panels on the roof and LED lights.
Suez has also been working with the manufacturers of its processing equipment to reduce its power demand.
The facility is part of the city council’s response to the Scottish Government’s landfill ban, which comes into effect at the end of 2020.
Aberdeen’s new £150m energy-from-waste plant, which will also serve neighbouring local authorities, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council, was approved in October 2016.