Closed Loop Recycling has announced an expansion of HDPE recycling at its Dagenham plant in response to dairy sector demands for higher levels of rHDPE in milk bottles.
The expansion is expected to double the supply of recycled HDPE to the UK market and the company claims it will make it the biggest recycler of milk bottles in the world.
It will increase capacity at the plant to 55,000 tonnes per annum, diverting an additional 30,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Chris Dow, (left), chief executive of Closed Loop Recycling, says recycled milk bottles are “a massive win for the circular economy”.
“The increased demand for recycled content is an example of the whole industry working together – retailers, producers, brands and industry bodies – to implement an ambitious plan. This has created a sustainable business model with enormous potential for the future.
“I am confident that our expansion will bring the 2020 target of 50% recycled material in plastic bottles closer.”
Closed Loop Recycling is implementing an awareness campaign with local authorities to increase the collection rates of milk bottles.
This will support the ongoing goals of the Dairy Roadmap whereby dairy processors, farmers and retailers are developing environmental improvements within the dairy industry.