Former Veolia deputy chief executive Paul Levett has joined Closed Loop Recycling as an advisor to help the company with its expansion plans.
Levett joins the Closed Loop board as a non-executive director later in the year to coincide with the construction of additional facilities for the company, adjacent to the company’s existing plant at Dagenham.
“Closed Loop Recycling has been an innovator and leader in the development of the UK plastic recycling industry, which barely existed five years ago. I look forward to helping the company develop its expansion plans,” Levett said.
The plastics recycler was the world’s first to recycle both PET and HDPE bottles into food grade material when it started operating in 2008. Its expansion will double the current input capacity at the Dagenham plant to at least 60,000 tonnes and give it the capability to handle and sort a wider range of different polymers, including PP.
Closed Loop Recycling managing director Chris Dow said Levett’s appointment was a “fantastic endorsement of the potential of the business”. Dow told MRW the additional facility, dubbed ‘Dagenham two’ would act as a Plastics Recycling Facility (PRF), sorting a greater range of bottle and non-bottle plastics, as well as creating a purer HDPE and PET bottle stream to feed directly into its existing plant. Closed Loop had increasingly found its incoming material was being contaminated with plastics other than PET and HDPE bottles, and the PRF will address this issue.
“The next frontier is non-bottle plastics and with about 85 councils in the UK collecting all plastics, we need sorting facilities in place to maximise the return out of that stream,” Dow said.