Viridor makes £15m investment in Ipswich MRF

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The MRF's capacity will increase by 10,000 tonnes per year

Viridor has made a £15.4m investment in the Masons Materials Facility near Ipswich.

Originally built in 1998, improvements to the MRF will increase its capacity from 65,000 tonnes per year to 75,000 tonnes thanks to investment in mechanical recovering equipment which includes 11 optical sorters.

The upgrade will also feature 111 conveyors, a trammel and two more balers to prepare the material for its onward recycling and reprocessing journey.

This will target mixed fibre, news and pams, card, mixed plastic, HDPE, PET, steel and aluminium.

Viridor will send Suffolk’s recycling to other UK sorting facilities during the modernisation programme between March to December.

Masons MRF Education Centre will also see a £20,000 upgrade, meaning visitors can continue to learn more about recycling.

Paul Brown, Viridor MD of recycling and integrated assets, said: “The Masons investment plan has been specifically designed not only to achieve greater capacity but to match the quality of its output with market requirements. The education centre and staff welfare facilities are also prioritised in this project.”

Viridor and its contract partners Stadler Engineering and Nationwide Construction will host a ‘meet the buyer’ breakfast event to share information about supply chain opportunities.

The investment is part of a 10-year Viridor-Suffolk County Council contract renewal, let on behalf of the Suffolk Waste Partnership.

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