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Plastics recycler increases capacity 'nearly three times'

Plastic recycling business Preston Plastics has unveiled a new machine that will allow it to more than double production at its reprocessing facility in Lancashire.

The firm has installed a new Intarema plastic recycling and extrusion machine, built by Austrian company Erema, which is billed as the first of its type in the UK and the biggest in the world.

Preston Plastics spent £1.3m on the machine as part of a £2m investment in machinery at its premises at Out Rawcliffe, near Preston. It will allow the company to recycle previously hard-to-process materials, such as heavily printed packaging waste, as well as improving quality, efficiency and overall consistency.

Managing director Edgar Wallace said: “This new machine gives us nearly three times the capacity we had previously. It means we can continue to meet the increased demand we are seeing from the plastics industry, both in terms of volume and the types of plastic being recycled, diverting thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill and incineration.”

The company added that Erema supplied a certificate to verify that the machine is the world’s largest and the first of its kind in the UK.  

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