York and North Yorkshire waste chiefs are trying to gain planning permission for a new recycling facility, according to scrap-ex.com.

Yorwaste, which is in charge of recycling and waste management in the area, is applying to build a materials recycling facility (MRF) and waste transfer station in the Harewood Whin Resource Recovery Centre near the Rufforth area.

The facility, which would process materials such as glass, cans, plastic and paper from household recycling bins, would initially be able to handle 35,000 tonnes of waste in a year. It is hoped that this figure would rise to around 60,000 tonnes by 2018.

If permission is granted, building of the facility would begin in autumn 2013 and the aim is to have completed it by 2014. It is also thought that the MRF would provide 15 new jobs to the area.

Talking about the proposal, Steve Grieve, managing director of Yorwaste, told yorkpress.co.uk that the MRF would help local authorities and commercial organisations in the area to meet their recycling quotas and ensure they meet their environmental responsibilities.

He said: “This will mark the final phase of development of the Harewood Whin site and with the emphasis now very much being on recycling, the new facilities will have major environmental benefits.”

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