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Casepak builds £21 million MRF in Leicester

Casepak is set to double in size with the announcement that it is building a new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Leicester. With construction already underway, the new fully covered processing facility will become operational in the fourth quarter of 2011 and will have the capacity to handle 150,000 tonnes of mixed dry recyclables annually.

Using a combination of automated technology and intensive manual quality control, the MRF will sort mixed collections of paper, card, plastic, metal and glass and aims to recover 95% of the material processed as a resource. Most of the recovered materials will be sold to UK reprocessors for manufacture into new products and materials.

Centrally located in Leicester, close to the M1, the new MRF will be Casepak’s second site. The company, which was founded in 1973 and is jointly owned by G.A.E. Smith (Holdings) Ltd and SCA Recycling UK Ltd, currently has 77 employees at its facility in Enderby, Leicester, where it collects, processes and sells 145,000 tonnes of paper and plastics each year. The Enderby facility will continue to operate as normal, providing specialist paper and card recycling services, while the new plant will provide local authorities and businesses additional multi-material sorting and processing capacity.

Building on the technological expertise gained by sister company SCA Recycling following the launch of its Southampton MRF in 2009, the new Casepak facility will incorporate the latest plant developments including specialist screening for highly compacted materials; additional fibre screens to produce high quality newspapers and magazines; and dedicated optical sorting technology to produce a high quality mixed paper fraction. The plant will sort paper, card, plastic bottles, mixed plastic packaging, ferrous and non-ferrous cans and glass packaging waste.

The new development represents an investment of £21 million and will initially employ 50 people. As the amount of material handled increases, the number of employees will rise to approximately 100 working across several shifts.
Commenting on the announcement, George Smith, Chairman of Casepak, said: “This is an exciting time for Casepak. We have a reputation for professionalism and customer service, and are particularly well known for our work in the recovered fibre sector. We’ve been recycling plastics now for the last decade and developing a MRF with full multi-material capacity was the natural next step. That is now becoming a reality.

“This new facility will allow us to provide our customers with a wider waste and resource management solution for both the municipal and commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors. Providing additional capacity is essential if local authorities are to increase household recycling rates above 50% to meet existing legislation.
“We also anticipate that the much anticipated Waste Review will emphasise the need for further recycling stimulus in the C&I sector which will in itself require increased sorting and processing capacity. Our new MRF will help to meet this increased demand.”

The facility is due for completion in September and will become fully operational during the final quarter of 2011.