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London-based plastics reprocessing plant officially opens

Express Recycling and Plastics’ first facility in Rainham was officially opened by James Brokenshire MP last week.

Express managing director David Chesney and Hornchurch MP James Brokenshire unveil the new plaque

The plant is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK — by focusing on recycling hard plastics such as garden furniture, crates and bins - that are traditionally difficult to recycle. At full capacity it will be able to process up to 60,000 tonnes.

Using Dutch technology from Envirotec, the facility takes mixed waste plastic and End-of-Life Vehicle derived plastic through a two-wash process that produces a clean mixed plastic flake. Its second sorting line, due to be operational by September, will focus on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) derived plastic.

Brokenshire said the new plant was a “benefit to the community, the country and the planet”.

While Express managing director David Chesney said he hoped the plant would become a large reprocessor in the region and encourage users of the recyclate to set up operations nearby.

Following the positive response to the facility so far, Express said plans for another four plants were in the pipeline.

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