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First consumer plastic bottle plant for Northen Ireland

Northern Irelands first fully automated sorting facility for post consumer plastic bottles has been opened by Irish Polymers.

The 20,000 sq ft plant in Crumlin will use German technology to sort the bottles into polymer type. It plans to process around 10,000 tonnes of mixed plastic bottles in the next 12 months, creating an extra 12 jobs.

Feedstock will come from the North and South of Ireland, material that previously would have been baled and exported to the Far East.

Marketing director Des Mullen explained: Irish Polymers have been focused on the collection of plastic bottles for sometime and were aware of the unsustainable nature of exporting the bottles to China. It is our intention, where practical, to divert this material to end-use applications within Ireland thus providing a truly closed-loop solution to the recycling of plastic bottles.

The 1.5 million facility expects to process about 60% of the material collected on the island.

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