Materials Recycling Facility
GIB invests in groundbreaking £111m recycling plant
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is one of three investors funding a first-of-its-kind £111m recycling and waste facility in Scotland.
West Sussex approves circular technology park
West Sussex county council has today (24 July) granted Grundon Waste Management planning permission for its new Circular Technology Park in Ford, West Sussex.
Shanks completes sale of recycling facility to Glasgow City Council
Waste management firm Shanks Group has confirmed that it has completed the sale of its materials recycling facility in Blochairn to Glasgow City Council.
Business waits to see if MRF regulations have 'closed loop clout'
Business leaders have cautiously welcomed Defra's announcement today that regulations to improve material recycling standards have been laid in Parliament.
BBC One Show highlights bin collection debate
Waste management industry heavyweights have made an appearance on the BBC's One Show debating over the issue of source segregated and commingled collections.
Rise of the iPad could spell trouble for waste economics
The growing trend of consuming media on tablet devices such as iPads could have "profound consquences" for municipal recycling figures, a leading waste analyst has warned.
Managers need to 'future proof' MRF design to maximise plant efficiency
Operators of materials recycling facilities (MRFs) need to incorporate 'future-proof' design concepts into the layout and operating principles of new plants if they are to improve quality and maximise profits from their investments, according to an industry expert.
Heathrow Airport sets its sights on closed loop procurement
Heathrow Airport has undertaken its first in-depth waste audit to gather more robust data on arisings in a bid to drive more sustainable procurement throughout its operations.
SPENDING REVIEW: Waste leaders express fears that cuts will stall progress
The waste industry has reacted with disappointment to the Government's Spending Review today, in which Chancellor George Osborne announced further budget cuts to two key government departments.
Kent partnership bins waste to advance resource agenda
The Kent Waste Partnership has signalled its clear intention to focus on maximising the value from residents' waste after announcing a name change to the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) at its annual conference in Canterbury last week.
LGA calls for government reforms to unlock £1bn 'waste goldmine'
If market reforms were pushed through in the municipal recycling sector, it could result in a one billion pound windfall for local authorities and householders, new research suggests.
MRF training modules set to plug operational skills gap
A series of dedicated training packages for materials recycling facilities (MRF) managers has been launched in respond to growing demand for plant commissioning and operating skills.
Waste industry calls for urgent action to strengthen draft MRF regs
Defra's proposals for implementing the long-awaited MRF code of practice are not strong enough to effectively deliver the high standards that are needed across the materials recovery facility sector.
Landfill on the wane as materials recovery takes flight
Landfill continues to decline in the UK as evidence reveals that just 5% of all planning applications submitted during 2012 for new waste facilities related to landfill disposal.
Pressure grows for VAT suspension on recovered plastics
Calls are mounting for a VAT exemption on recycled plastics to help stimulate consumer demand and encourage investment in the UK's plastics recycling industry.
MRF proposals leave regime open to abuse, critics argue
Industry leaders have broadly welcomed the Government's consultation on the MRF code of practice and quality action plan, but some have questioned whether the proposals for sampling, auditing and inspection can deliver a credible scheme.
MRF code of practice consultation unveiled
A consultation on the long-anticipated code of practice for materials recycling facilities has been launched by Resources Management Minister Lord de Mauley today, together with a quality action plan.
DS Smith MRF set to close amid material price volatility concerns
DS Smith Recycling is set to close its Southampton materials recycling facility (MRF) following tough trading conditions and a strategic review of its business.
MRF contamination levels now resulting in 'crippling' costs
Tighter regulations for the outputs of materials recycling facilities (MRFs) are essential if cost burdens on UK reprocessors and manufacturers are to be eased, new research suggests.
In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news
Lots of activity on the energy recovery front of late, as the next tranche of treatment infrastructure gets the green light across the UK.
Community reuse hubs of the future could be sited at HWRCs
Household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) could be transformed into localised resource recovery parks designed around the waste hierarchy, where reuse is the ultimate goal.
P&G pilots first 'scalable MRF' for post-consumer waste
Proctor & Gamble (P&G) has launched a pilot project to tackle global waste arisings in the form of an infrastructure-based recovery model that can be scaled up and replicated.
Black tray recycling now possible with packaging breakthrough
Black plastic trays that can be detected in mixed waste streams and separated by reprocessing machinery may soon be a reality, thanks to a Danish packaging firm.
MRF code of practice will not set material quality standards
The forthcoming code of practice for materials recovery facilities (MRFs) will not set quality thresholds for different material types, Defra has confirmed.
Welsh funding boost for reprocessing infrastructure
Funding advice for Welsh waste companies is to be offered in a bid to help them secure capital investment for future infrastructure and reprocessing projects.
'Olympic blaze' at recycling centre remains mystery
Fire-fighters say it could take up to a week for the cause of a fire at a recycling plant in Dagenham, East London to be determined.
World's biggest MRF powers into action
The world's largest materials recovery facility (MRF) capable of processing 110 tonnes of recyclables an hour has opened in Newby Island Resource Recovery Park, California.
Councils benefit as MRFs compete for quality materials
Gate fees continue to fall at material recovery facilities (MRFs), suggesting that local authorities are now beginning to profit from the recycled materials they collect.
Waste industry records drop in death rate
Five workers were killed in the waste and recycling sector during 2011-12 according to latest statistics released by the Health & Safety Executive.
Viridor strengthens operations with JWT acquisition
Viridor has acquired JWT Waste Services, a Manchester-based recycling and collection business handling around 70,000 tonnes of material per annum.
UK reprocessing must become more competitive, says Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola Enterprises has warned that the reprocessing sector must up its game if it is to become an attractive market for investment.
Robust supply chains vital if waste is to profit in future
Supply chains need to operate effectively and deliver quality materials before the waste sector can contribute to and benefit from the green economy.
Recycling charter seeks to win trust of public
A new industry charter launched today (June 6) aims to boost public confidence in recycling by allowing people to find out where their household waste ends up.
MRF code of practice to be unveiled this summer
The long-awaited code of practice and quality action plan for materials recycling facilities (MRFs) will be published in August, recycling minister Lord Taylor has confirmed.
VIDEO: Veolia unveils flagship urban waste park in London
The UK's first large-scale innercity integrated waste management facility has opened in South London, claiming to set new standards for community-led urban regeneration.
Waste must 'rebrand' to widen appeal - Kate Humble
TV broadcaster Kate Humble believes the waste industry has a crucial role to play in altering public perceptions around sustainable resource management.
MRF operators set to benefit from waste compliance tool
A tool to help operators of materials recovery facilities (MRFs) stay compliant with the latest waste legislation has been launched.
Scottish landfill operator unveils cutting edge MRF/RDF facility
A £20m recycling and refuse-derived fuel facility is one step closer to going live in Scotland for the treatment of residual waste.
Scottish health board tasks Viridor with 75% recycling target
NHS Lanarkshire has awarded a waste contract to Viridor to boost the health board's recycling rates and help reduce disposal costs.
Reprocessors struggling with surge in mixed plastics recycling
The rise of mixed plastics collections in the UK is starting to pose serious material quality problems for reprocessors, according to new research out today (January 30).
Casepak opens MRF in Leicester
A pioneering £21m materials recycling facility (MRF) has opened in Leicester to handle municipal and commercial waste, with the aim of recovering 95% of material as a resource.
Defra decision on MRF code of practice expected shortly
Calls are growing for a proposed voluntary code that governs best practice among materials recycling facilities (MRFs) to become compulsory, as rumours gather that Defra is set to reach a decision on the matter.
Viridor acquires MRF operator
Viridor has acquired Community Waste Recycling (CWR), a Milton Keynes-based materials recycling and paper trading company for £15.75m.
VIDEO: Veolia's first inner-city MBT facility set to open in 2012
London's first inner-city integrated waste management facility (IWMF) is on track to be fully operational by January 2012 - and could form the blueprint for other urban developments, it was announced yesterday (November 10).
Cory submits plans for C&I recycling plant in Cornwall
Cory Environmental has submitted a planning application to Cornwall Council for a recycling and residual waste transfer facility at the planned Bio Park site near Scorrier, Redruth.
VIDEO: SITA trials first recycling robot powered by artificial intelligence
A robot recycler that uses artificial intelligence has been developed that could revolutionise the way waste is sorted and separated during the recovery process.
Shanks extends its reach in Scotland with AD and MBT
Shanks Group has opened anaerobic digestion (AD) and mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facilities in Glasgow, as part of its strategy to extend its reach north of the border.
Operation MRF: upping the quality
At the heart of WRAP's new business plan is a commitment to work with MRF operators and continue to improve material quality. Steve Waite explains more
Defra faces growing calls to make MRF code of practice mandatory
The proposed code of practice for materials recycling facilities (MRFs) needs to be mandatory to ensure a level playing field and to protect responsible operators who could be put at competitive risk by those that refuse to sign up to a voluntary code.
Casepak set to double reprocessing capacity as MRF nears completion
Casepak's new £21M materials recycling facility (MRF) in Leicester is now in its final stages of construction, and is due to become fully operational next month.
Manchester Airport set to build MRF to treat aircraft waste on-site
Manchester Airport is to install a mini materials recovery facility (MRF) to treat aircraft waste on-site in its bid to achieve its target of zero waste to landfill by 2030.
Recycling gate fees down across the UK
New figures released last week show that gate fees at many materials recycling facilities (MRFs) and anaerobic digestion (AD) plants are lower than they were last year.
Biffa wins processing contract for Basildon's recyclables
Biffa Recycling has been awarded a contract to process Basildon Council's household recyclable materials.
Belfast MRF sorts it for optimum recovery
TITECH has installed an optical sorting system at an Irish MRF that recovers wood from a mixed C&I waste stream, as Jonathan Clarke explains
Shredding at the cutting edge
Shredder technology is continually evolving to meet changing demands as waste processing grows more sophisticated, says Julian Heyworth
MRF operators at risk of prosecution over 'dodgy' permits
MRF operators are falling foul of the law because they are not staying abreast of planning and permitting regulations, a legal expert has warned.
Zero waste as former landfill site is recycled into MRF
A UK recycling company has achieved 100% materials reuse in a landfill recovery scheme believed to be the first in Europe.
Processing gets underway at Kier's Warwickshire mrf
Kier Group has taken delivery of five new plant machines for its Pure Recycling materials recycling facility (mrf) in Ettington, Warwickshire, as processing has begun ahead of schedule.
Biffa beefs up its recovery operations
The acquisition of Greenstar now means Biffa has a striking portfolio of super MRFs. Mike Gerber went to visit London's largest in Edmonton.
Northamptonshire approves changes to Kettering MRF
Northamptonshire County Council has approved a planning application from Shanks Waste Management to develop its materials recycling facility (MRF) in Kettering.
UPM's MRF set to maximise quality
UPM-Kymmene's new MRF will not only optimise recovered paper quality, but enable the company to forge stronger partnerships with local authorities on the collection front. Maxine Perella reports
Wigan gives environment centre the thumbs up
Wigan Council has approved plans by Blakeleys Waste Management for an Environment, Energy and Ecology Centre at its site on Bickershaw Lane.
SCA Recycling broadens its paper wings
Paper specialist SCA Recycling looks to make an impression on the multi-materials market as it unveils a new MRF for dry mixed recyclates. Maxine Perella reports
Strategy identifies possible sites for West Midlands waste facilities
A regional strategy to recycle more and dump less aims to set the scene for a stronger waste management industry in the West Midlands.
Ford MRF gets off to a flying start
The largest meccano set on the south coast - that's how Viridor is describing its new high-tec MRF which made a breezy entrance down in West Sussex. A windswept Phil Mellows attended the opening
Nottinghamshire banks on Mansfield MRF
Nottinghamshire County Council aims to recycle over half its domestic waste, helped by an MRF that has just gone live. Steve Rogerson went to the opening
It's a materials world - but at what price?
How are MRF operators coping with the slump in material prices, and does quality matter more than ever now if end markets are to hold up? Dean Stiles reports
German MRF trial shows bags of potential
Renting out a German MRF for the day doesn't come cheap, but one technology supplier wanted to demonstrate that mechanical sorting of residual black bag waste yields good returns. Dean Stiles travelled to Munich to find out more
A peek under the cover
The Olympics triggered an upheaval for Bywaters, which has just opened the largest undercover MRF in London. And it is exceeding expectations, write Mike Gerber and Ruth Lukom
Milton Keynes MRF fires up bigger and better
Having suffered from a fire two years ago, a MRF in Milton Keynes has been transformed, upping quality and capacity along the way. Maxine Perella visited the site to find out more.
Get more from your MRF
Standards need to be lifted if materials recovery facilities are to fulfil their potential. Linda Crichton looks at how contracts can be strengthened to achieve this
Industry needs to recover more value from MRFs by driving up quality levels
Materials recovery facilities (MRFs) should develop as "value factories" to ensure that recovered materials achieve their maximum value, according to a report from the Waste Resources & Action Programme (WRAP).
Technological advances boost industrial gains
The UK has driven technological innovation of composting systems in recent years. Mary Messer provides a snapshot of the industry to date
Financial incentives to encourage recycling within the community
Ed Perry, a consultant with Golder Associates, specialising in waste management with specific emphasis on providing creative solutions for local government, looks at the successes and failures of three schemes designed to increase household recycling of waste.
Environment Minister backs new recycling facility for Greenwich
Elliot Morley, Environment Minister, has given his backing to a new £5 million materials recycling facility (MRF) in Greenwich. Greenwich council gave the go-ahead for the facility in July.
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Water UK lambasts water bill
Brian Duckworth, chairman of water industry body Water UK, has protested against government plans to ban the disconnection of domestic water supplies. Labour proposed the ban during a second reading of the Water Bill in Parliament by Michael Meacher.