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Biffa plans for GBP15m plastics recycling plant approved

February 07/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Waste management company Biffa has received planning approval from Durham County Council to build a new GBP15-million plastic recycling facility near the town of Seaham, as per RESOURCE.

Biffa will be making use of a 130,000 square foot vacant warehouse at Foxcover Distribution Park, where the company intends to install a polymer processing plant capable of recycling more than one billion plastic bottles every year.

The proposed facility will be in operation 24/7 and will process three million bottles a day into new food and drink packaging, bringing around 70 new full-time jobs to the area. Construction is expected to commence in summer 2019, with the first commissioning trials scheduled for December.

Biffas new site represents its latest investment in UK-based recycling infrastructure and will double the companys plastic bottle recycling capacity. Currently, its flagship Redcar plant processes around 18,000 tonnes of recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE) every year, turning it into milk bottles and food trays.

Mick Davis, managing director of resource, recovery and treatment at Biffa, said: "The UK currently uses around 13.5 billion plastic bottles a year but can only process half of this, with the rest diverted to landfill or overseas. This new site represents an exciting opportunity to boost our recycling capacity here at home and supports the countrys long-term plan to find new ways to reuse plastics, as detailed in Defras recent Resources and Waste Strategy.

"Our proposals for the Seaham plant were the result of months of careful consideration and we are keen to build on our already excellent reputation for recycling in the north east. We are delighted Durham County Council recognised the importance of this site to the region, as well as the wider waste industry, and we now look forward to seeing these plans come to life."
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, HDPE, packaging, other bottles, UK.
Category:General News
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