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Sita plastics-to-fuel plant close to starting commercial operations

Commercial operations at a plant that turns end-of-life plastics into fuel are expected to start in spring 2015, developer Sita UK has said.

The facility in Avonmouth will convert 6,000 tonnes of non-bottle plastics, such as yoghurt pots and meat trays, into 4.2 million litres of diesel per year.

Construction work started in late 2011 and some operational activities began in the second half of 2013.

David Palmer-Jones, chief executive at Sita UK, said: “Having reached an appropriate stage in the development of this project Sita has taken over responsibility for operation and improvement of this facility and we are preparing it for full scale operation early next year.”

The plastics-to-fuel technology has been provided by Cynar Plc as part of an agreement signed in 2010.

Sita said that once the plant is operating on a full scale commercial basis it could look at developing other similar facilities.

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