Boomerang Plastics, part of equipment manufacturer Summit Systems, has begun building its plastics recycling facility specifically designed for the dairy industry in Tamworth, Birmingham.
To be completed by February next year, the facility will initially take modest volumes of waste but has the capacity to process just under 8,000 tonnes of waste production yoghurt pots, cream tubs and other non-bottle rigid plastics from the dairy industry, annually.
The plant, which produces polystyrene and polypropylene, has the potential to provide a closed loop process.
Summit Systems managing director Sam Hill explained: “Through our knowledge built up by supplying the plastics industry with ancillary equipment over the last 20 years, we are able to demonstrate to customers how to achieve high quality recycled material. Our unique solutions could see the same material being used in the manufacture of new yoghurt pots and packaging.”
Plans to expand Summit’s expertise into the plastic recycling sector began following its work managing the installation of plastic bottle recycler Closed Loop’s facility in Dagenham.
After speaking with the dairy industry about constructing a plastics recycling line, Summit realised that there was an opportunity for it to showcase its recycling equipment, diversifying into the plastics recycling market and solving an industry-wide waste problem.
The firm Boomerang Plastics was then created for this purpose and has already secured a contract with a large dairy to take its waste plastics.
“It seems that a facility for this purpose hasn’t been built before because there are not huge volumes of this waste arising, but the dairies are still landfilling this. This will give Summit a unique insight into the challenges our customers face in operating a recycling facility whilst being able to showcase the best technology available,” Hill added.