A new plastic scrap washing plant is due to open in south Wales later today, built at a cost of £4.5m.
Situated at bpi.recycled products’ Rhymney site, the facility will increase the business’ current capacity to recycle 70,000 tonnes of material a year by 25,000 tonnes.
It is scheduled to be formally opened at a ceremony attended by representatives from government, industry and commerce.
Bpi.recycled products has four other recycling facilities and is keen to champion greener, UK-based polythene recycling. Its Dumfries site has a small wash facility and recycles mainly agricultural waste. It also has facilities in Stroud in Gloucestershire, and Heanor in Derbyshire, that recycles distribution industrial and commercial waste - such as pallet stretch wrap and cement sacks.
Currently, Rhymney also recycles this type of waste but also washes and recycles a small amount of horticultural waste.
Environment and purchasing director Sian Miles said: “Bpi.recycled products has always been a firm advocate of recycling UK waste at UK facilities. Adopting this approach ensures the green benefits of recycling waste in the first place aren’t offset by the high carbon footprint which comes of shipping material halfway around the world, recycling it and then re-importing a new product back again.
“This commitment has enabled us to be perfectly positioned at a time when the UK and EU governments are calling for more recycling of plastic material on our own shores and the new wash plant will only serve to augment this capability.”
“The agricultural industry, however, is an area that still needs some help. Much of its polythene waste, such as silage balewrap, is too heavily contaminated with soil, sand and similar contaminants to be recycled by other companies in the UK. As such, it is often shipped abroad for washing, frequently by hand. Our new wash plant will help to stem that undesirable export.”
The new wash plant at Rhymney will also help Bpi.recycled products to offer closed loop solutions in sectors like the retail industry. It will enable the business to take waste films from agricultural suppliers and major retailers, to recycle it and then to supply the same retailer with products like refuse sacks made from their own waste.