Biffa opens £27.5m plastic recycling plant

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
The plant is expected to generate £40m in revenues each year and will create 100 full-time jobs in the Seaham region.

Biffa opened its new £27.5m state-of-the-art PET plastic bottle recycling facility today in Seaham, County Durham.

The plant is able to convert 57,000 tonnes of PET plastic each year, equivalent to 1.3b plastic bottles.

Biffa will convert PET back into high-purity plastic pellets to be sold onto manufacturers for applications including food and beverage packaging and clothing.

The facility will draw on the 4.1m tonnes of waste and recycling that Biffa collects from UK households and businesses every year, and allow more waste to be recycled within the UK, creating a sustainable closed-loop system.

It is expected to generate £40m in revenues each year and will create 100 full-time jobs in the Seaham region.

The facility was unveiled in an official ceremony by Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership – a body which represents business and civic leaders in the North and promotes it as a place to live, work, and invest.

Michael Topham, chief executive at Biffa, said: “This facility will help the UK address two of its most pressing issues – plastic waste and the climate emergency.

“Whilst we must work towards reducing overall plastic consumption as a society, the fact remains that plastic has a vital role as a lightweight, durable, low energy-intensity material, that if recycled properly can have a sustainable role in modern life.

“Facilities like ours at Seaham will help ensure that we can recycle our own plastic waste here in the UK, creating jobs in the green economy and stimulating the development of more sustainable packaging.”

Biffa also today announced a further investment in northeastern England.

Over the next year, the company will build a £7m facility in Washington, County Durham, to expand its recycling capacity for plastic tubs and trays.

The new plant will handle around 20,000 tonnes of plastic each year and create at least 30 new jobs.

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