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Plastic bottles left on London’s tube to be recycled in closed loop

Closed Loop Recycling is set to have its PET and HDPE plastic bottle supply boosted by around 20,000 bottles thanks to a deal with waste management company Bywaters.

Plastic bottles collected from the London Underground will be recycled at the Dagenham Closed Loop facility, back into food grade plastics.

Closed Loop Recycling is already set to expand its operation and double its capacity. The recycler just celebrated a record throughput tonnage over the last six months, which was an increase of 22% on the previous six months.

The Dagenham facility has a capacity to process 35,000 tonnes of mixed plastic bottles, producing 11,000 tonnes of rPET and 6,000 tonnes of rHDPE every year. 

Closed Loop Recycling managing director Chris Dow said: “This is not only fantastic news for Closed Loop ahead of our planned expansion, it’s great news for Londoners who will now be able to see their used bottles being recycled virtually on their doorstep into brand new packaging by some of the UK’s biggest brands. It’s a big boost for British recycling.”

The deal is being backed by the Greater London Authority and Bywaters chief executive John Glover added:  “We have worked very closely with the GLA since its formation in 2000. Creating value from London’s waste locally fully supports the Mayor’s Proximity Principle, provides much needed local employment and keeps our carbon footprint to a minimum.”

In June London Underground ncreased the number of litter bins on the network by 25%.

Mayor of London environment director Kulveer Ranger said: “The Mayor’s vision of putting the ‘village’ back into the city is all about creating a cleaner and greener capital. It is great news that plastic bottles placed in bins on the tube are being recycled within the capital, contributing towards London’s economy and job market.”

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