Local government backing for a new mixed plastics recycling service for Wales and the south west has revealed the level of support for such schemes.
Baylis Recycling and the recently set up social enterprise Plastic Sorting have joined forces to offer a service which they said will improve material price stability for councils.
The partnership already has an operational plant in Keynsham, near Bristol, and has plans for a second plant in Ebbw Vale, Wales. Plastics Sorting project manager Janet Rawlings said that the Ebbw Vale plant is expected to be operational by March 2010.
Hot washed food grade plastic flakes will be sold to UK manufacturers, keeping the materials cycle within the UK. The partnership said that its decision to stay within domestic markets will help stabilise prices.
Rawlings said: The UK ships a lot of mixed plastics to China. Every time something like the Olympics happens, China closes its borders and the bottom drops out of the market.
Over the next 18 months the partnership hopes to increase the quantities we handle, sending some to the Ebbw Vale plant in future.
The Ebbw Vale plant is part of a larger green business park project which has already gained backing from Gwent Council and Wales Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson. She said: I'm glad that our local authorities now have a facility where they can recycle their plastic bottles and I'm looking forward to the completion of the Ebbw Vale plant. The £850,000 we have contributed to this project shows the commitment we have made to supporting Welsh social enterprises and meeting our recycling targets."
Image: Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson welcomed the mixed plastics plans.