Continuum Recycling, a £15m joint venture between ECO Plastics and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), is expected to process 150,000 tonnes of mixed plastic waste per year, more than doubling the amount of rPET previously created in the UK.
It was officially opened at ECO Plastics’ Hemswell site on 10 May by waste minister Lord Taylor, who praised the partners for an “innovative” scheme.
ECO Plastics managing director Jonathan Short said the plant “demonstrates the huge potential of working with global leaders like CCE as well as the strategic value of long-term partnerships”.
CCE recycling director Patrick McGuirk looked to further co-operation with processors of plastics on the continent and those dealing in other materials.
“We are looking at further interventions in other markets in Europe,” he told MRW. “It won’t be identical because systems are different everywhere but in some of those countries we’re looking at partnerships of this type. I’d like to think we’ll be in a place to announce something this year.”
He added: “If there’s a way to get more recycled glass or aluminium into the system so that we can get it into our packs, we’re open to conversations.”