Novel recycling plants in pipeline for Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire

The UK's first purpose-built materials recycling facility (MRF) should be operating by February 1993 in Milton Keynes. Another recycling plant may be built in Oxfordshire if the ambitious business plan of the embryonic local authority waste disposal company (LAWDC) comes to fruition. The LAWDC will then build a second plant and a composting facility to meet the county's household waste recycling target of 50% - double the Government's target.

Construction of the Milton Keynes plant is due to begin in April. At first, the £4.5 million MRF will operate on a one-shift basis, at 25,000 tonnes per year throughput.

Waste for the plant and markets for the output are already arranged, says Keith Hammerton, the local council's recycling officer. Half the inputs will come from the town's separate collections of recyclables, with the remainder being provided by neighbouring borough

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