Palm Recycling Opens New UK MRF

Aintree facility will take in 32,000 metric tons of recyclables per year.

February 28, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

Palm Recycling has announced the opening of its new North West recycling center, located in Aintree, Merseyside, U.K.

The new Aintree facility is more than double the size of the company’s Kirkby facility, which it replaces. The company says it is the result of its continuous investment, in place to raise further levels of material quality and service to its customers in the North West.

The new facility accepts paper, cans, glass, textiles and food waste collected from local households in Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council as part of their weekly curbside collections—a source segregated service.

“The new location gives us so much more capacity, which means we can take a wider range of materials, as well as store more before reprocessing,” says Ruairi Holyoake, North West Operations Manager, Palm Recycling. “At present we’re taking 32,000 tonnes of material per annum, but we aim to increase this in the future with additional contract opportunities within the region.”

The material streams arriving at the facility are stored in bays for onward haulage to strategic U.K. material end users. The mixed can material is processed and sorted into high grade steel and aluminum grades using specialist sorting technology on site at the facility. All newspapers and magazines, however, are transferred to parent company Palm Paper and its paper mill in Kings Lynn for reprocessing into fresh newsprint.

The new Aintree facility occupies 44,000 square feet and takes curbside collected material from more than 130,000 Sefton households as well as bring bank contracts and other contracted volumes throughout the region.