Four months since opening the Closed Loop Recycling plant manager Chris Dow says that it has got off to a positive start.
The Closed Loop Recycling plant opened in June and claims to be the first in the world to take both milk bottles and clear drinks bottles and turn them back into food-grade plastic. The £13 million plant in Dagenham, east London aims to help create an ever-flowing cycle by enabling manufacturers to use recycled plastic from the UK in their food and drink packaging.
Chris Dow told MRW: We are going through a learning curve at the moment and we have started with small quantities but we are on very positive tracks. Collection rates are growing and the Government has recently come out to support innovative infrastructure for recycling which is all very positive.
Dow went on: Smart local authorities should be collecting plastic from the kerbside.
He said that authorities collecting plastic from kerbside will benefit financially from recent high prices and in turn will be able to help reduce residents council tax.
Any council that does not have a plastic collection should be ashamed of themselves and they lack vision and commitment. Having a commingled collection is the way to go to make it easier for people to recycle.
In response to Dows claims a Local Government Association spokesman said: I do not know of many councils that do not collect plastic from the kerbside and those that are not are upping their recycling rates.
Councils are doing an incredibly effective job to encourage people to recycle and get their recycling rates up.
When it gets into full swing, Closed Loop Recycling aims to deal with 35,000 tonnes of plastic a year.
Image: Closed Loop Recycling manager Chris Dow in trammel web