New MRF provides a silver lining as Grundon marks 25 years in Gloucestershire

Grundon officially unveiled a £3.8 million new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at its Wingmoor Farm, Bishops Cleeve site on Tuesday, July 23, with an open day which also celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Gloucestershire operations.

Laurence Robertson, MP for Tewkesbury, unveiled the commemorative plaque, paying tribute to Grundon’s ongoing investment in the county and its sponsorship of the ‘Tewkesbury Open for Business’ campaign.

Left to right: Laurence Robertson MP, Richard Skehens, CEO and Neil Grundon, Deputy Chairman of Grundon Waste Management.

The opening of the new MRF means that for the first time, all dry recyclable products generated within a 20 mile radius of the site and collected by Grundon from commercial and industrial waste and recycling customers, can be separated, recovered and processed on site, ready to send on to dedicated recycling outlets.

When fully commissioned, the MRF will be capable of processing up to 50,000 tonnes of mixed recyclables – such as paper, card, steel and aluminium cans, glass and plastics – a year, making it the most efficient and fully compliant facility of its kind in the area.

Welcoming everyone to the event, Neil Grundon, deputy chairman, underlined the importance of working together with the local community.

“We are proud to be an independent, British, family-owned firm and delighted to celebrate 25 years of working in Gloucestershire,” he said. “This new facility is evidence of our commitment to the region, to the businesses that operate here and to the people that live here.

“Over the years we have created some 50 new full-time jobs, we make a point of working closely with local firms – many of whom have helped today to put on this event – and we are unswerving in our determination to help maintain and improve local wildlife habitats, as evidenced by the fact we have given over £2m to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to support its outstanding work.”

Among those attending and given a tour of the facility were Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham; and representatives from Gloucestershire County Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Bishops Cleeve Parish Council and representatives of local businesses and community groups, as well as members from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

In addition to improving facilities and providing a more efficient service for Grundon’s own customers, the new MRF will also provide facilities for other third party customers, including local authorities.

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