Plastic recycler J&A Young has added a packaging division to its business after experiencing growing demand for recycled materials from the retail sector.
The company, which trades under the name of Jayplas, has opened an extrusion and printing plant at its Worksop site as part of the expansion.
The facility complements an LDPE wash plant in Loughborough, which has been described as the largest in the UK.
The Worksop site will manufacture a range of plastic bags, from bags-on-a-roll to bags for life, using waste that is washed, reprocessed and converted into recycled pellets at three Jayplas plants in the UK. Jayplas claims to have established a closed-loop infrastructure.
According to the company, the expansion is a “direct response” to increasing demand for recycled materials from the retail sector, which is seeking to achieve greater levels of sustainability within its own supply chain.
The expansion will also ensure that more plastics waste is reprocessed within the UK rather than being exported to Asian markets.
Mike Maxwell, operations director, said: “As we control the whole process from collection of retailers’ waste to the distribution of recycled packaging products, we can be sure that we are growing in the right way to meet the rising demand for high-quality, domestically recycled plastics and packaging.”
Jayplas processes some 200,000 tonnes of waste a year.