The facility became operational in January 2012.
Materials Recovery Facility
The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is one of the most advanced recycling facilities in Europe. All materials collected for recycling from homes across the borough are now processed at this plant before being sent off to manufacturers to turn the recycled raw materials into new products.
Mechanical Biological Treatment
The Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant processes waste not suitable for recycling. It uses a combination of mechanical and biological processes to sort the waste: the mechanical element comprises an automatic segregation system to separate some recyclable materials from the mixed waste, such as metals or glass. The biological element seeks to remove moisture from the waste before breaking down the organic, biodegradable components by way of a composting-like process to create fuel for energy recovery which is sent to our SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility.
Click on the image below to see the MBT process in more detail:
The facility is completely contained within the building, therefore minimising the impact of noise and odour.
For more information, why not download our facility information brocheres? See our publications and reports section which also includes useful recycling leaflets and posters for Southwark residents.
Prior to the planning application a Community Liaison Group was set up to give local residents and other interested groups the chance to find out more about our proposals for the site.