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ECO Plastics in Welsh deal

ECO Plastics has signed a long-term partnership with Gwynedd Council under which the Lincolnshire-based firm will receive all the authority’s mixed plastics.

This follows Gwynedd’s investment in a new material recycling facility at Caernarfon, which allows the council to initially sort materials from kerbside collections.

ECO Plastics will buy the plastics for its plant, which produces 11 streams of recyclable plastics.

The company’s deputy chair Jonathan Short said: “Gwynedd initially contacted us because of concerns around the final destination of their waste materials.

“After two members of our team visited Caernarfon to review their process, they decided to move away from segregating different polymers and instead provide a mixed plastics bale direct.

“By eliminating several superfluous sorts, it has ensured that more quality material will be extracted from the process and less material is sent for disposal saving residents money in the process.”

Short said the deal will also help the local authority to comply with the End Destinations of Recycling Charter, an initiative put forward by the Resource Association to improve transparency on what happens to waste collected by councils.

Short noted that an increasing number of local authorities have joined the initiative, and he expects others to be interested in replicating what Gwynedd has done with the agreement.

Gwynedd’s senior waste and commissioning manager Steffan Jones said: “By processing the material ourselves rather than through a waste management company, this deal creates a new revenue stream from what was previously a cost – not just financially, but also environmentally.

“With the help of ECO Plastics we are now well on the way to reaching the statutory recycling target of 58% by March 2016.”

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