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Carbon savings announced at rebuilt AWS facility

A carbon study carried out by AWS Eco Plastics, less than one year after a fire devastated its bottle sorting facility, has revealed that the carbon cost of producing its food grade rPET pellet equates to a saving of 63% compared with the production of virgin material.

The study was carried out over six months at AWS’ operational facility and demonstrated that the carbon cost of producing the purePET 78 is 245kg/tonne compared with 681kg/tonne to produce a virgin PET.

It is expected that these figures will improve further during 2011, with the carbon cost of purePET 78 dropping to 213kg/tonne, as the plant reaches its full capacity.

AWS managing director Jonathan Short said: “We are delighted to have progressed on the rebuild over the last 11 months and these calculations underline the commitment AWS have had, not only towards being fully operational once again, but also towards ensuring we are leading the way in ethical recycling and supporting our customer’s drive towards improved sustainability of resources.”

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