Manchester-based plastics recycler Axion Polymers is planning to expand its business interests in the Far East and Asia by setting up partnerships with selected Chinese and Asian reprocessors.
Axion sales director Keith Freegard says the company has already started work with a Chinese reprocessor firm based in Cixi city, Zhejiang, although it has not named the company. It is now looking for several more potential partners with high quality manufacturing capabilities.
Axion produce high grade recycled polymers from 100 per cent post-consumer plastics, such as TV casings and fridges. The company states that there is rising interest in the use of more sustainable materials by plastic goods manufacturers in the Far East.
Freegard said: Some 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the UKs plastics which are collected for recycling are actually exported, so developing stronger trading partnerships is vital if we are to improve both quality and the proportion of recovered materials used in new goods, many of which are manufactured in Asia.
Huge amounts of agricultural and industrial films, post-consumer and WEEE plastics are exported to China because sufficient recycling capacity does not exist here in the UK to recover these materials economically. Focusing on partnership processing of tradeable materials with our Chinese colleagues has to be the best way forward in terms of reducing environmental impact and increasing global levels of material recovery.