Solihull steps closer to world-leading recycling facility


Plans for a new world-leading next generation Material Recycling Facility (MRF), serving Solihull and surrounding areas, have now been concluded and work on the new plant is expected to start summer in 2021.

Sherbourne Recycling Limited (SR Ltd), has been established to deliver recycling facilities to Solihull Council and the other seven participating local authorities, (Coventry City Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Rugby Borough Council, Stratford upon Avon District Council, Walsall Council and Warwick District Council). The new company is fully owned by these partner authorities.  

SR Ltd will oversee the construction of a new facility, adjacent to the Energy from Waste facility in Coventry. It will be just over 12,000 sqm2 and set in a 4-acre site. Work on the new plant is scheduled to begin in early summer 2021 and the facility is expected to be fully operational by summer 2023.

Once operational the facility will be able to process 175,000 tonnes per annum of mixed recycling from household and commercial sources.   The facility will use the latest technologies to achieve exceptionally high purity rates, and will be able to tackle a wider range of waste materials, including single use plastics.  It will also be able to target UK based end processors and command a higher market price for the recycled material created.

A Solihull Council spokesperson said:

“This is great news and will help the Council meet its recycling ambitions and will allow a wider range of materials to be recycled, reducing the amount of waste requiring disposal.

“The Council has worked closely with its seven partners to bring these plans to reality and looks forward to offering a world-leading recycling service to Solihull residents.”