Five years of successful recycling at the MRF in Nottinghamshire

There are just over 60 members of staff working at the MRF (although you might not be able to see them all!). Veolia Environmental Services Nottinghamshire are committed to investing in and supporting the local community, most of the staff live within a few miles of the facility.


Here is what the 60 plus staff at the MRF do:

46 Recycling Operatives, who remove items that shouldn’t be there from the conveyor belts.

10 Mobile Plant Operators who ensure that incoming recyclables are unloaded into the correct areas; and that outgoing recyclables are loaded onto the correct vehicles to be sent off to the re-processing factories.

2 Shift Supervisors who run the MRF on an hour by hour basis, ensuring that it is performing to its maximum efficiency whilst maintaining high standards of quality, health and safety.

2  Administration/Support staff run the weighbridge that controls the incoming and outgoing recyclables; and run the administration office

1 MRF Engineer who manages all engineering issues at the MRF such as breakdowns; and to and maintains the operations to a high standard.

1 Assistant MRF Manager who oversees the MRF performance on a daily basis. He ensures that the team are working to correct company procedures; and that ‘best practice’ for all tasks are adhered too. He also leads the quality, health and safety culture within the MRF.

1 MRF Manager who oversees the MRF and business unit performance, regarding efficiency, material sales, managing costs, quality and health and safety.


A Materials Recovery Facility is a sorting plant that uses a range of techniques from hi tech machinery to hand picking to sort mixed recyclable items that are put into household recycling bins. Which means residents only need to have one recycling bin at home.


The most popular items that can go in your recycle bin at home are:

•           Plastic Bottles without tops

•           Newspapers

•           Areosol cans

•           Yoghurt pots

•           Tins and cans


The MRF ensures that Nottinghamshire’s household waste is separated into cardboard, newspapers and magazines, mixed paper and card, aluminium, ferrous (magnetic) metals and plastic bottles.


When the materials have been sorted they are sent to reprocessors and manufacturers where they are used to create new products.


In the past five years the MRF has sorted over 331,304 tonnes of recyclables. By 2020 together we aim to raise Nottinghamshire’s household recycling rate (including composting)  to at least 52% by 2020, It is currently 43% That’s a lot of recycling, but with the help of Nottinghamshire residents we are  well on course to achieve it!

How can you help?

Five items that can contaminate your recycling bin and should not be put in are::

•           Tetrapacks – juice cartons

•           Glass bottles and jars

•           Lids from plastic bottles and jars

•           Foil trays and clingfilm

•           Carrier Bags

Kevin Parker Regional Communications Manager at Veolia Environmental Services says: “We work in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and are delighted with the success of our facility.”

Councillor John Wilkinson, Vice-Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee said: “The facility has been a great success in terms of making the County more sustainable and as a job creator in the Mansfield area.”