A £3.5m wood recycling facility of “national significance” is being developed at Elkesley-based R Plevin & Sons Ltd.

The project, boosted by a capital grant of £612,500 from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), is expected to grow wood recycling and the production of higher value recycled wood products across central England.

The plant will be capable of reprocessing almost 100,000 tonnes of waste wood annually to manufacture products, including animal bedding, feedstock for the panels industry and fuel for renewable energy production. The site will also feature a green waste composting facility.

Inclusion of new reprocessing, grading and packaging technology was key to attracting the WRAP funding.

Tom Fourcade, WRAP’s material sector manager for wood, said: “Plevin’s new Elkesley facility is a great example of the type of project which WRAP looks to fund – where sophisticated reprocessing and grading plant can produce a range of added-value products. This will be a class leading wood recycling facility of national significance.”

R Plevin managing director Jamie Plevin said: “The WRAP funding has been vital in enabling us to make our investment at Elkesley and will allow us to further develop our business and become first class producers of recycled wood products in central England.”