Pioneering material recycling facility celebrates ground-breaking progress
Published on Thursday, 17th March 2022
A brand-new material recycling facility (MRF) for the West Midlands celebrated its one-year construction milestone this month.
Based in Coventry, Sherbourne Recycling Limited has progressed at a staggering rate, with the exterior build edging near to completion.
On track to be fully operational by summer 2023, the next 12 months will focus on the building interior and sorting equipment.
Owned by eight local authorities including Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council; Sherbourne Recycling is committed to providing a new generation material recycling facility which will set a precedent for sustainable recycling standards and practices internationally. Once operational, the new facility will be able to receive and manage a huge 175,000 tonnes per year for partner household and business recycling material.
The construction contract was awarded to Nottingham’s Clegg Group to design and build the initial phase of the project.
John Moxon, Business Development Director at Clegg Group commented:
“This project has been on site for nine months during which time excellent progress has been made. We have worked closely with the Sherbourne Project Team and their process equipment supplier to ensure we all have a clear understanding of the project requirements.
"There have been a number of challenges, but we have worked through these together and progress is now rapid with the majority of the steel structures now in place and internal work including slab laying progressing well. The building is an impressive sight, and we look forward to the next phases of the project as the process systems arrive later this year.”
The unique site, dubbed the MRF of the future, will use the most advanced technologies and be the first of its kind to use the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the core of its system to fully optimise the sorting process - setting global standards for others to aspire to.
The use of such technology will secure a sustainable solution for recycling household waste now and into the future.
The superiority of the technology used also means that the plant will be able to process a wider selection of materials, including some that are not readily recycled, such as film and carrier bags for example. Once processed a higher grade of recycled material will be produced.
To fully embrace the sustainable vision for the recycling park, new electric forklift trucks will also be used.
The site is also set to generate new job opportunities, with the introduction of a student placement scheme at Sherbourne Recycling in partnership with Warwick University.
Councillor Sue Markham, Portfolio holder for Public Services commented:
“The progress of this build has been astounding. The technology incorporated into the facility will ensure its sustainability and allow a much greater amount of material to be recycled across the West Midlands. The build will also bring job opportunities to the region. This is fantastic news for residents and our environment, I very much look forward to seeing the build progress.”
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