Plastic recycler J and A Young’s first food grade PET recycling facility will be up and running next week after the commissioning period recently ended.
The facility, which is situated in Corby, Northamptonshire, will be able to reprocess 30,000 tonnes per annum of PET plastic bottles. Material for the facility will come from pre-sorted PET bottles from its sorting facility in Mansfield as well as a direct supply from local authorities and waste management companies.
The company trades as Jayplas. Its operations director Mike Maxwell said: “We are committed to improving the plastic recycling infrastructure in the UK and so the new facility is a natural progression for us. It takes us to the next level as a recycling company.”
The plant will produce both food grade PET pellet and hot washed PET flake and the material will go back into both PET bottles and PET packaging within the UK thus giving a closed loop process.
“A high percentage of plastic bottles are still being exported from the UK but we’re committed to reprocessing as much plastic material in the UK as possible,” Maxwell added. “ Our long-term strategy is to continue to expand our reprocessing activities within the UK.
“J and A Young will now start planning to reprocess HDPE bottles at the new facility. We aim to have this new development ready by summer 2011,”.
Since the building was purchased it has taken J and A Young just nine months to reach the current stage and the plant will be running at full capacity in January 2011.