Veolia has been trialling a scheme in the Southwark borough of London to convert used plastic bags into refuse sacks for residents.
Under the Bag2Bag scheme, Veolia collects old bags from shops and homes around Southwark and sends the material to a recycling centre in nearby Bermondsey.
Plastics manufacturer Cedo washes the bags and shreds them into pellets, which are subsequently blown into bubbles of plastic film to form the refuse sacks.
These are due to be passed back to residents over the next three months.
Richard Kirkman, technical director for Veolia, said that so far 1,000 tonnes of plastic bags had been processed into 500,000 refuse sacks.
“This is a great example of how Veolia and the residents of Southwark are contributing to the circular economy. If this trial is successful, we hope to roll it out to other local authorities and Veolia sites,” he said.
Darren Mosley, commercial sales director for Cedo, said: “We are delighted to be working with Veolia on this project.
“We have an opportunity to deliver genuine innovation to the residents of Southwark by utilising previously unusable waste and turning it back into useful second life product.”