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Minister visits recycling plant site that will create 160 jobs

The Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones today visited the site where a Welsh Assembly Government backed recycling plant in North Wales could create up to 160 new jobs.

The materials recovery facility at UPM’s paper mill in Shotton will process materials such as plastic bottles, cardboard, newspapers and metals for recycling.

UPM have invested £17 million in the site, with £1.7 million coming from the Assembly Government’s single investment fund.

The facility sorts up to 200,000 tonnes of recyclable material, providing 20% of the recovered paper used as raw material in the mill's paper production. It will create up to 160 jobs when operating at full capacity. Construction is due to be completed by January 2011.

The Minister said,

"Green jobs will play a key part in the development of the Welsh economy and modern recycling facilities like this one will be central to this. The Welsh Assembly Government is delighted that we have been able to support this latest investment, which is an important boost for the economy of North East Wales and will deliver long term benefits for the region. This is an example of government action making a difference on the ground and investing in our future.”

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