A recycling company based in Leicester has opened a brand new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in its home town. The Casepak facility, which can handle 150,00 tonnes per annum of recyclable materials, is located in the town’s Braunstone Frith Industrial Estate and cost the firm £21 million to develop.
This investment includes the use of modern technologies to maximise the amount of material which is recycled, cutting down on waste and improving efficiency. The Braunstone Frith site aims to recycle 95% of the materials which come its way – everything from glass and metal to paper and plastics – and any excess or non-recyclable material will be burned to provide energy for the facility.
One of the most important advancements that Casepak has included at its Leicester site is one of the latest sorting machines, from US company Bulk Handling Systems (BHS). As well as speeding up the recycling process for Casepak and its staff , the inclusion of this technology will make recycling mush easier for residents and businesses, as the machine will do their sorting for them.
Also included at the new site is a special screen for removing ink from paper and newsprint, to ensure that the recycled paper is of the best quality possible, and a special screen for scanning compacted material for any non-recyclable materials.
Local company GF Tomlinsons built the 145,000 square foot facility, which is located within easy reach of the nearby M1 motorway, but well away from any of Leicester’s residential areas. The Casepak site was opened recently, with Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach attending as the guest of honour.
Lord Taylor welcomed the opening of the new facility, adding that Casepak’s investment demonstrated the enormous business potential in the recycling industry. He welcomed the 100 local jobs that the site will create as well as the environmental impact that such a large recycling facility will have on the Leicester area.