Biffa gets planning approval to build £15m Durham plastics recycling plant

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The recycling plant in County Durham

Biffa has received planning approval from Durham County Council for a £15m plastics recycling plant near Seaham, County Durham.

Foxcover Distribution Park will be turned into a polymer processing plant capable of recycling more than one billion plastics drinks bottles a year.

Around 70 new full-time jobs will be created at the 24/7 operation facility, processing 3m bottles per day into new food packaging.

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 country’s long-term plan to find new ways to reuse plastics, as detailed in Defra’s Resource & Waste Strategy.

Construction is expected to begin on site in summer 2019, with the first commission trials scheduled for December.

The plant will double Biffa’s recycling capacity for plastic bottles, adding to the company’s Redcar plant which processes 18,000 tonnes of recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHDPE) a year to create milk bottles and food trays.

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