The plant now has more than 70% of its equipment installed. With a combination of automated technology and intensive manual quality control, Casepak’s claims its MRF will be one of the most advanced in the UK.

It will sort mixed collections of paper, card, plastic, metal and glass and aims to recover more than 95% of the material processed as a resource. Most of the recovered materials will also be sold to UK reprocessors for manufacture into new products and materials.

Commenting on the MRF’s progress, Casepak’s director of MRF operations, Kevin Thomas, said: “We are on track to complete the build as scheduled and with the recent installation of all optical sorting units, baler and weighbridge systems, the MRF is fast taking shape without any delays.

“Our next milestone will be getting all electrical and mechanical installations complete and then the exciting part of the commissioning phase can begin and we can start to see the MRF in action.”

Once completed and in operation, the facility will more than double the quantity of material that Casepak currently handles, as well as increase the number and type of materials that can be processed. The MRF will also offer substantial pre- and post-treatment storage capacity.

Formed in 1973 as a family business, Casepak processes and sells 145,000 tonnes of paper, card and plastics each year at its Enderby facility. The new MRF will add a further 150,000 tonnes of processing capacity.

Maxine Perella

Action inspires action. Stay ahead of the curve with sustainability and energy newsletters from edie