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.
Mytum & Selby Recycling has excavated a former landfill site in Goole, East Yorkshire, to build a materials recycling facility (MRF) that will open in 2012-13, providing 225,000 tonnes capacity for local authorities and businesses in the area.
Mytum & Selby Recycling's managing director, Steve Carrie, said: "Landfill is often an issue nobody wants to tackle, but because we have invested in the latest technology, we see it as a great opportunity.
"At Goole we have been able to treat, reuse and recycle all the old landfill waste to help with levelling, landscaping and building the new centre."
The project involved recovering and refining builders' rubble, and using stone and tiling to build the MRF. All plastics, paper and glass were reclaimed and reprocessed. Any remaining food and organic waste was treated at the company's own organics plant and converted into compost.
Mytum & Selby will also be looking into other technologies to accompany the MRF on the 17-acre site to create fuels and energy from the residual waste after the bulk segregation process.