Bristol waste plant to put city at centre of UK recycling industry

April 5, 2019

A £4m state-of-the-art waste handling centre that will put Bristol at the forefront of the UK recycling industry is set to open on Monday.

Bristol-based firm ETM Recycling plans to open the Materials Recovering Facility (MRF) on its existing South Bristol site at Ashton Vale in a move that will double its capacity.

It will be the most efficient and effective plant in the South West processing construction and commercial waste and will be a zero-waste-to-landfill plant. 

ETM Recycling director Amy McCormack said the site had taken just under three months to build.

“Everyone has been constantly asking us when it’s going to open, so we are really excited that we’re almost there and the plant will soon be running waste through it,” she said.

“It has been a challenging project and a big learning curve, so we are looking forward to it finally opening and benefitting Bristol.”

Having spotted a gap in the market, ETM has been planning the bespoke plant for two years and has worked closely with engineering firm Turmec to ensure it was designed and built to meet its exact waste inputs.

The firm had to completely redevelop its existing site, which meant demolishing offices and building new surrounding walls and concrete floors while continuing to operate and process waste while building work took place.

Amy added: “The new plant will double the amount of waste we have previously been able to handle and process and thanks to the facility’s technology we will be able to vastly improve waste segregation.”

“And, thanks to the increased efficiency, we will be able to allow more of the local community and businesses to dispose of their waste here – so it really is win-win.”

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