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Sherbourne Recycling Ltd. was founded in England by eight local authorities (Coventry City Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, North Warwickshire District Council, Rugby Borough Council, Strafford District Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Walsall Council and Warwick District Council). The company will provide the capital to build a new material recovery facility (MRF) outside of Coventry. Each of Sherbourne Recycling’s partners has also signed a long-term supply agreement with MRF.
Machinex, based in Plessisville, Quebec, was selected to supply the processing equipment for the MRF earlier this year.
Richard Dobbs, General Manager of Sherbourne Recycling, said: “Over the past decade, it has been increasingly difficult and expensive for local authorities to manage the recycling that is collected at the roadside. By creating a partnership, we were able to develop the business case for a region [175,000 metric tons per year] With Machinex on board as a process supplier, we are delighted that we can take on more control and cross market borders. “
Dobbs says now that the contracts are in place, work on the MRF can begin.
The MRF will integrate artificial intelligence (AI) and include multiple sorting robots and optical sorters. The AI will enable real-time interconnectivity between the main sorting machines, according to a press release from Sherbourne Recycling, and the data collected by the AI will aid operational management at the MRF.
Machinex’s design uses 14 SamurAI sorting robots and 14 optical sorters (including 13 MACH Hyspec optical sorters). The company says the MRF “will be one, if not the first facility in the world to incorporate artificial intelligence on this scale into the core of its system, enabling real-time interconnectivity between the main sorting machines.”
Nottingham-based Clegg Group will build the facility.
John Moxon, Business Development Director at Clegg Group, says: “We are delighted to be on board and support the construction of this state-of-the-art facility. This project will significantly improve recycling capacities in the West Midlands. We are therefore very much looking forward to starting work and bringing this project to life. “
The new facility is located on a former parcel of land next to the Energy from Waste facility operated by The Coventry & Solihull Waste Disposal Co. Ltd. (CSWDC) is operated. It will be a little over 12,000 square feet, roughly 129,000 square feet, on 4 acres.
Work is scheduled to begin on site in early summer. The completion of the first building takes around 15 months. Machinex then installs the waste processing equipment. According to Sherbourne Recycling, the facility should be fully operational by summer 2023.
Over the past three months, the Coventry City Council-led project team has worked with Machinex and the Clegg Group to refine the solution to maximize use of the site and finalize ongoing discussions with CSWDC about providing Energy with a private cable connection from the waste disposal facility to power the MRF.
Jonathan Menard, Vice President of Sales and Strategic Positioning at Machinex, says: “Since the selection in December 2020, we have worked closely with Sherbourne to provide value engineering and finalize the contract documentation to ensure a successful project and optimize the machine’s efficiency Sorting system. We are excited to work with the entire Sherbourne team and we couldn’t think of a better partnership to achieve the MRF of the future and disrupt the industry. “
As soon as the plant is in operation, recyclable materials from private and commercial sources are processed. According to Sherbourne Recycling, by investing in technology to achieve high purity rates and handle a wider range of materials, including single-use plastics, the facility will be able to appeal to consumers in the UK and bring in a higher market price for the material streams generated.