Casepak celebrated the official launch of its £21m Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), with Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach attending the event as guest of honour
Lord Taylor gave a short speech and presented a plaque to the company's Chairman and founder George Smith.
Following the presentation, guests from the waste industry and public sector were given tours of the new facility, which features some of the most progressive materials sorting equipment and processes currently available in the UK.
Casepak has invested £21m into the development of the MRF, located at Braunstone Frith Industrial Estate, Leicester, and has acquired new technologies to ensure maximum materials recovery combined with increased cost efficiency. The resulting MRF has the capacity to sort 150,000 tonnes of dry, mixed recyclables a year including paper, card, plastics, metal and glass and aims to recover 95 percent of the material processed as a resource. The remainder will be used as a fuel for energy recovery.
The Casepak MRF has been designed to incorporate the very latest recycling technologies, affording significant flexibility for householders and businesses to maximise the amount of materials recycled. The MRF is the UK's first to incorporate specialist screening for highly compacted materials and also features a specialist de-inking screen which ensures that newspapers and magazines recycled through mixed collection schemes reliably and regularly reach the quality standard required by reprocessing mills in the UK.
Environment Minister, Lord Taylor said: "I'm delighted to be able to come and open this new recycling plant. There are huge business opportunities in the growing recycling industry and Casepak's £21m investment in this new plant is already showing rewards. This facility is not just good for the environment, with 150,000 tonnes of waste not going to landfill, it is also a significant boost to the local economy creating 100 new jobs in the area."
Mark Smith, Joint Managing Director said: "This is a major milestone for Casepak and we are delighted that Lord Taylor has taken time to open the facility. Since the MRF became operational in September we have already secured contracts to manage several local councils' recyclable material streams and we aim to do more of the same in 2012.
"Our first shift is already complete and our emphasis will continue to be on securing new contracts and working with our customers and recycling partners to ensure that we can deliver the good quality materials required by the reprocessing industries."
Casepak was formed in 1973 as a family business. The company sorts, processes and trades a further 145,000 tonnes of source segregated paper, card and plastics each year through its Collection and Processing Facility in Enderby, Leicester. Combined the company's facilities can currently process 300,000 tonnes for recycled materials a year. Both facilities are centrally located in the heart of England, with easy access to Junctions 21 and 21a of the M1.