UK-based recycling firm Viridor has secured a 10-year contract from Plymouth City Council to upgrade and operate a new material recycling facility (MRF) at Chelson Meadow.


Once completed, the new £6m facility will improve recycling services to households across Plymouth.

According to Viridor, the facility will sort all the kerbside collected recyclate and enable Plymouth residents to now include glass in their recycling boxes.

The company said the MRF will recover cartons, aluminium and steel cans, mixed paper, cardboard and glass.

Viridor added that the new facility will have five near infra-red optical sorters to allow different types of plastic to be segregated.

Work on the facility is set to start in May 2014 and Viridor will start taking the recycling from Plymouth from 1 May 2014 to its MRF in Kent.

The refurbished facility at Chelson Meadow is slated for opening in April 2015.

Viridor strategic development head Chris Jonas said, "Viridor is delighted to deliver projects such as this and invest in state-of-the-art sortation equipment on behalf of our local authority clients."

"This facility reflects Viridor’s focus on delivering quality recyclate and meeting the requirements of our material reprocessers," Jonas added.

"This MRF site will be supported by the other specialist glass, paper and plastics recycling plants that we operate and are developing."

Image: Plymouth City Council selects Viridor for new £6m recycling facility. Photo: courtesy of Viridor Limited.