Contracts signed on massive new collaborative recycling facility - The Solihull Observer

Contracts signed on massive new collaborative recycling facility

Solihull Editorial 9th Apr, 2021   0

CONTRACTS have been signed to build a new world-leading next generation Material Recycling Facility (MRF) on the edge of Coventry.

A new company overseeing the project, Sherbourne Recycling Limited, has been established, wholly owned by eight local authorities – Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Coventry City Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, North Warwickshire District Council, Rugby Borough Council, Stratford District Council, Walsall Council and Warwick District Council.

These will provide the capital for the construction, with each partner also committing to a long-term waste supply agreement to commit all items collected from homeowners for recycling.

Richard Dobbs, managing director said: “Over the last decade it has been increasingly challenging and expensive for local authorities to manage recyclate collected at the kerbside.

“After months of hard work, this signifies a huge achievement for all involved in the project. With all contracts now in place we can begin the hard work of building the MRF of the future and creating our place in the market.”

The MRF of the future owes its name to the integration of artificial intelligence at the heart of the system, including the most advanced technologies such as several sorting robots and optical sorters.

It is claimed the plant will achieve high rates of material purity from the widest range of material recycled commercially and by householders, including low grade, single use plastics.

The new facility will be located on former allotment land adjacent to the Energy from Waste facility operated by The Coventry and Solihull Waste Disposal Company Ltd set on four-acre site allocated for waste use in Coventry’s Local Plan back in 2017.

Works are scheduled to begin on site in early summer, taking approximately 15 months for the initial building construction to be completed, ahead of the arrival of Machinex to install the waste processing equipment. The facility is expected to be fully operational by summer 2023.

Once operational the facility will be able to process 175 kilo tonnes per annum recyclate from both domestic and commercial sources.


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