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Growth in UK mixed plastics processing forecast following keen interest in new technology

Predictions that mixed plastics recycling in the UK could grow have been made after high levels of interest in a dry-cleaning technology were revealed by the products UK agent Axion Recycling. The technology was exhibited at Dusseldorf K2007, in Germany, based on a shared stand for the machines developer Pla.to Technology and Axion. An Axion spokesperson said: The stand attracted encouraging levels of inquiries from UK-based companies interested in improving their recycling processes for this rapidly growing plastic waste stream. Axion Recycling technical director Keith Freegard said: The technology enables more effective recycling of the dirty fraction from mixed plastic wastes, particularly food packaging such as crisp packets and yogurt pots. Given the big push to recycle mixed plastics in the UK, we are predicting much growth in this area. Pla.tos technology is useful for recyclers who can use it to open up new sources of raw material, which fits closely with what Axion does finding dirty plastic waste and recycling it. Recent investment in the UK bottle recycling market and strong interest from retailers in the use of recycled PET and HDPE has driven the increasing collection of household plastics waste.

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