Viridor powers plastic recycling plant with non-recyclable waste

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The £65m plastic recycling plant will be the largest multi-polymer plant in the UK

Viridor will use non-recyclable waste from its energy recovery facility to power its new £65m plastic recycling plant at Avonmouth, near Bristol.

The plant will be the UK’s largest multi-polymer plant and will produce 60KTPA of recycled plastic a year from 81KTPA feedstock, the equivalent of 1.6bn bottles, pots, tubs and trays.

This will rise to 63KTPA of recycled material being produced by year three.

Every year, the plant will put 60,000 tonnes of recycled plastic from bottles, pots, tubs and trays in PET, HDPE and PP flake and pellet for back in the economy every year.

Recycled polymers in plastic packaging in Europe are set to quadruple by 2030.

Chris Loughlin, chief executive officer of parent company Pennon Group, said: “Our research shows that 80% of people believe the UK should find a way to deal with its own recycling without having to ship it to other countries.

“Unless action is taken now and investment in infrastructure is made, a plastic recycling capacity gap will undermine UK ambitions and the sustainability targets of retailers and the big consumer brands. We are, therefore, delighted to be leading the way.”

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