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New £1.3 million investment an "important step forward" for plastic recycling in London

Grosvenor has invested £1.3 million in a new automated sorting facility that represents an important step forward for plastics recycling in London.

The project, which received a £250,000 capital grant from the London Recycling Fund (LRF) will see a new five tonnes per hour plant separate residual card, paper, glass and plastic film from aluminium and steel cans at its Crayford site in the capital.

Overband and eddy current magnets will deal with the cans while a perforator and two Titech Coloursort units will automatically sort bottles into various grades. Separated HDPE natural and PET clear plastics will achieve a purity rate in excess of 95%, while mixed PET should attain a level of over 88%.

Grosvenor director of recycling development Mary Corin said: Grosvenors investment in recycling technology continues, further increasing both plastics recycling and sorting capacity for Londons local authorities and the surrounding area.

This new technology not only further improves the quality of plastic grades but also increases the stability of the volatile market for mixed plastics. We are optimistic that, as one of the largest UK plastic bottle re-processors, we will also help open up proposed new local markets for PET and HDPE manufacturing.

The company has invested over £1 million in the new facility, with finance provided by Barclays Asset Finance. It will also be putting another £450,000 into the project over the coming months to automate delivery into the auto-sort plant.

Assistance has also been provided by a £250,000 LRF grant from the fund managed by London Waste Action (LWA) and supported by the London Development Agency.

LWA chief executive Colin Roberts said: Recycling plastics in London has taken an important step forward with the commissioning of this new facility. The automated sorting facility generates separated plastic streams which can be used by local markets, creating opportunities for local closed loop recycling.

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