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Veolia's 'dirty MRF' in Leeds officially opened

Veolia’s striking recycling and recovery facility in Leeds has been officially opened by the Duke of Kent.

The building processes household black bin waste from the city, separating out recyclable materials before the rest is sent to recovery as part of a 25-year PFI contract with Leeds City Council.

The award-winning timber-arched frame structure boasts Europe’s largest vertical green ’living wall’.

Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice-president Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “Leeds is a shining example of a circular economy hub transforming unwanted materials into an important resource.

“The partnership will continue to drive recycling rates and look for more solutions to material streams. Together we have created an iconic facility which is an attractive landmark for Leeds and, more importantly, a sustainable solution for the city’s waste for generations to come.”

Lucinda Yeadon, council executive member for environment and sustainability, said: “This excellent facility is at the heart of our commitment to sustainability and making the best use of our resources.”

Construction on the £450m plant began in 2013 on the site of a former wholesale market on the Cross Green Industrial Estate in east Leeds, and it became fully operational in April this year.

At its peak more than 200 construction workers, many from the local area, worked on the building and it now employs more than 70 members of staff.

  • There is a picture special on the facility in the December issue of MRW

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