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Minister hails new reprocessor world first

The world’s largest plastics processing plant has been officially opened in Lincolnshire.

The £15m facility on a former RAF airfield at Hemswell is a joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Eco Plastics. 

The Continuum plant was formally opened by environment minister Lord Taylor who praised the operators for their “innovative” partnership.

“This is a first for the UK food and drinks industry and exactly what the Government wants to see more of,” he said. 

Lord Taylor said that plastics was a challenging sector for the waste industry but Government and business had to work together to change consumers’ “mindset”.  

The plant will more than double the amount of bottle-grade recycled plastic (rPET) previously created in the UK,

Eco Plastics managing director Jonathan Short said the event was “a great day for UK recycling”. 

“It demonstrates the huge potential of working with global leaders like CCE as well as the strategic value of long-term partnerships” 

Key facts

  • The Continuum Recycling plant will more than double the amount of bottle-grade recycled plastic (rPET) previously created in Britain.
  • It will allow Coca Cola to meet its commitment to use 25% rPET in all its bottles by the end of 2012.
  • Continuum Recycling will be used this summer by Coca-Cola as part of an initiative to collect Coke and additional PET soft drinks bottles and turn them back into new bottles on the shelves within six weeks.
  • The £15m plant is capable of processing 150,000 tonnes of mixed plastics a year, including 40,000 tonnes of bottle-grade rPET pellet.

Readers' comments (1)

  • The rPET story is good but the other part of the story is the reprocessing of non-bottle plastics, pots, tubs and trays. 10 years ago we would have assumed that material would have to be burnt or buried. Now we know there is another and better option.

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