Biffa Polymers invests £7m in Redcar plant

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Biffa Polymers, part of national waste management services provider Biffa, has announced a £7 million investment into a new recycling line at its Redcar plant in Cleveland.

The second recycled high density polyethylene (rHPDE) line is expected to enable Biffa to double its output of food grade rHDPE which is used to make milk bottles and food trays from 9,000 tonnes per year to 18,000 tonnes.

The new line, which was officially opened by Biffa CEO Ian Wakelin in March this year, is anticipated to create 20 new jobs for the region as well as provide extra capacity for plastics recycling at a time when the company said the wider plastics recycling industry is experiencing instability.

Wakelin said: “The creation of a new rHDPE line at our Redcar plant will put capacity back into the market to meet the growing demand that we are seeing, which is particularly important given events in the plastics recycling industry.”

“Enabling us to double our output, this investment in our facilities and the additional infrastructure it provides will also mean that more discarded plastic generated by UK households can be processed here in the UK rather than being sent abroad for processing.

“We are open to exploring possible growth strategies that will enable us to enhance our offering and increase our processing capacity further in future.”

Established 25 years ago, Biffa Polymers was, according to Biffa Group, the first company in the UK to achieve food grade status for its rHPDE. To date, the polymers facility is reported to have reprocessed over three billion plastic bottles.

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