Culture Minister and MP for Didcot and Wantage, Ed Vaizey has officially opened FCC Environment’s new £11m recycling centre at its Sutton Courtenay site in Oxfordshire.
The Materials Recovery Facility will treat non-hazardous commercial and industrial waste collected from businesses in the county, separate out recyclables such as glass, paper, metals and plastics with the residual fraction being sent off site for energy recovery in the form of a refuse derived fuel. It can also process source segregated materials in preparation for their recycling into new raw materials.
The Sutton Courtenay MRF has the capacity to process 100,000 tonnes of waste per annum and will provide up to 38 jobs, bringing the total number of FCC Environment employees at Sutton Courtenay to around 55.
Speaking at the event, Mr Vaizey said: “Developments of this nature are vital to economic growth and generate new jobs for the people of the region. It is fascinating to see how technology has developed in recent years and the developments in recycling capability we now possess.
“Deriving value out of what was once considered waste material is something we should all support.”
Chris Ellis, Operations Director at FCC Environment said: “It is very encouraging for us that our local MP has shown such an interest in the site. This new facility will help businesses in the area to recycle more of their waste in one of the most modern systems we currently operate. This investment underlines our commitment to generating jobs and providing excellent services in Oxfordshire.
The official opening comes after Oxfordshire County Council approved planning proposals for a new waste transfer station to be built at the site. This will help reduce the number of road journeys used to service the emerging energy from waste site at Ardley in the north of the county.
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