April 2nd, 2021 – Machinex signed contracts with the Coventry City Council, United Kingdom, to deliver the most advanced Material Recycling Facility of its kind within the UK, and potentially one of the most advanced MRF’s around the world. This world-leading recycling facility will be able to treat up to 175,000 tonnes of mixed dry recyclables a year, will be operational by Summer 2023. The Material Recovery Facility will be operated by Sherbourne Recycling Limited; the wholly owned Local Authority company being established to manage the facility on behalf of the eight Partner Councils from the surrounding regions.

Councilor Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: ‘’This facility looks set to be really impressive – a real leader in the UK and in the short term it’s going to help us make sure our waste and recycling service is as efficient as it can be. In the long term, it’s going to enable us to raise our recycling rates. This isn’t just a short-term investment, it’s a long-term investment to ensure a greener future for our city.’’

‘’Machinex employ a sales process that promotes close interaction and collaboration with the customer creating the ability to develop sincere partnerships with them.  This approach applied during the recent process allowed Machinex to accurately understand the needs of the project team, and therefore design the ideal future-proofed facility. We have a team of experts who will manage this project from engineering right through the commissioning period, with the added commitment of local ongoing support for the client during operation’’ says Ian Smith, UK Business Development Manager at Machinex.

Grant McKelvie, Project Director and Coventry City Council Commercial Business Director said: ‘’We are really pleased to have reached this important milestone. Machinex approached this project with a clear vision for a MRF of the future.  They understood our vision for a facility that will allow the project partners to effectively manage their risks in relation to their legislative responsibilities, with the confidence their recyclate is being handling in the most efficient and effective manner considering likely changes in the UK waste sector. We anticipate the new facility will push recycling performance in the region. This has been an exciting project to be involved in, and I look forward to seeing how it continues to develop.’’

Machinex’s design utilises 14 SamurAITM sorting robots and 14 optical sorters (including 13 MACH Hyspec® optical sorters), within an overall solution to provide, what is certainly a highly automated and innovative state-of-the-art facility. It will also be one of, if not the first, facility in the world that integrates, at this scale, artificial intelligence at the core of its system, allowing real-time interconnectivity between the main sorting equipment. The system will be processing a throughput of 47.5 tonnes per hour of recyclables with an extremely minimized level of manpower, only five manual sorters. Machinex will also provide a semi-automatic sampling line to significantly reduce the manpower requirements to execute the daily auditing tasks.

‘’This will be a great achievement for Machinex; the culmination of years of research, development, and hard work in incorporating artificial intelligence at the heart of our sorting solutions. This means that the operations management of this facility will be based, among other things, on the data collected by the AI. The industry has been talking for a few years about the MRF of the future, but this time we can really say that we will make it happen. This will be a game changer and a loud statement within the market ‘’, comments Jonathan Ménard, Executive VP of Sales and Strategic Positioning at Machinex.

Since Machinex was selected, back in December 2020, the team continued working on some value engineering to make this project a success and deliver the most optimized sorting system.  “We are pleased to work with the whole team at Sherbourne and we could not think of a better partnership to accomplish the MRF of the Future and to disrupt the industry” says Jonathan Menard.

This technologically advanced solution will mean the Coventry MRF will be able to deliver higher purity levels of recyclable materials, as well as the flexibility to ensure that it can react to legislation and consumer habits and the introduction of new and changing material steams, such as the low grade plastics separation.

About Sherbourne Recycling Ltd

Sherbourne Recycling Ltd will be incorporated in the Spring to manage the Coventry MRF. Richard Dobbs, Corporate Director of Streetscape at North Warwickshire Borough Council, who will take up the role of Managing Director during the construction phase said: ‘’we are excited to kick off 2021 with the announcement of selecting Machinex as our Preferred Bidder and planning approval for the facility. This facility will represent a new chapter in waste management in the UK, using cutting edge technology to transform the way we manage waste to the benefit of all those involved in the project. The technology will allow us to be reactive to legislative change and consumer habits helping Partners to consistently improve recycling performance.’’

About Machinex

Machinex, who has celebrated in 2020 its 50th anniversary, became the first company in Canada to design machinery for material recycling facilities in the ‘80s. The company immediately established itself as a leader in designing profitable and high-quality recycling sorting systems. Today, Machinex are a recognised world leader within the industry, developing, cutting edge sorting, waste management, and recycling technology. Over the years, their experts have designed and installed several turnkey facilities in partnership with leading MRF operators in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Oceania.

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Karine Moreau | Marketing Manager, Machinex | 819-362-3281