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Ward looks to build high-grade fibre sort plant after 'market implosion'

Detailed plans for a “state-of-the-art” fibre sort recycling plant to create a high-quality recovered paper stream have been submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council on behalf of Ward Recycling.

In its submission, the company said that, since China had banned most waste paper imports into the country, “the market for low-grade mixed fibre has imploded in the UK”.

It added: “There is a UK-wide need for a fibre sort plant dedicated to creating high-quality recycled paper which is what we have designed to build in Hartlepool. This system is state of the art and the first of its kind in the UK.”

ward recycling hartlepool plans

ward recycling hartlepool plans

The project is backed by a 10-year contract to supply Palm Paper in Kings Lynn with up to 150,000 tonnes a year of recovered paper.

Palm’s paper mill was built in 2010 and requires 550,000 tonnes a year of quality recycled paper input to make high-grade newsprint paper for the UK and Europe.  

The “sole purpose” of the proposed plant by Ward Recycling “is to remove packaging board and contaminants from de-ink fibre”.

Contaminants removed would then go to Ward’s mixed recycling facility in Middlesbrough to be further treated.

The application states: “This is a great opportunity for Ward Recycling, Hartlepool and the north-east to grow with this European partner. The contract for Hartlepool will be further reaching for the local economy as we anticipate council officials visiting to view the facility and possibly change the way we collect our recycled papers from across the UK.

”There will also be the potential haulage contracts for the local haulage companies to bid for, again returning much-needed funds back into the north-east economy.”

The new plant, which the council will consider during the next few months, would operate 20 hours a day, five days a week, and initially create 24 jobs.

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