Scottish MRF Closing

Avondale Advanced Waste Treatment says it may reopen the MRF when market conditions improve.

May 23, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

The board of Avondale Advanced Waste Treatment Ltd., based in Avondale, Scotland, has reached a decision to close its Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), located in Polmont, Scotland, by May 31, 2013.

In a press statement, John Holt, director of the firm, says, “Following consultation with employees on the proposals to close the MRF and after assessing all viable options, it’s with regret that the board of Avondale Advanced Waste Treatment Ltd. has announced that it will be closing the facility from the 31st May 2013.”

Holt cites a weak economy, increased operating costs, the reduction in the volume of material, a decline in the value of the recyclables and the lack of facilities able to handle the refused derived fuel processed as reasons to close the plant.

The MRF, which opened in early 2012, was designed to handle up to 200,000 metric tons per year of municipally generated waste. The MRF was expected to divert around 60 percent of the material to recycling and reuse applications.

In the statement, Holt adds, “while the short term outlook is poor, the company is positive about the longer-term opportunities for the MRF when economic and infrastructure circumstances improve. We believe that ultimately it will play an important role in helping to support Scotland's Zero Waste Ambitions. We’ll continue to maintain the MRF until it becomes viable to reopen it.”

The company will continue to operate its landfill at the location.