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UK's largest food-grade plastic flake facility opens

The UK’s largest facility to produce food-grade plastic flake has been opened in Blackwood, Caerphilly by new firm Plastics Sorting.

Launched by Welsh assembly minister for environment Jane Davidson on 29 April, the plant has a 24,000 tonne capacity to recycle PET bottles into food grade super wash plastic flake. The facility is expected to begin operating within the next week.

Plastics Sorting received a one-off start up fund of £820,000 from the Welsh Assembly Government. It is part-owned by community interest firm Cleanstream Group.

Former commercial manager of Aylesford Newsprint and former president of the recovered paper sector at the Confederation of Paper Industry Chris White, is heading the project as Plastic Sorting’s director. He said: “We’re not only very excited about the project but extremely proud of what we’ve achieved here. With the facility able to reprocess 24,000 tonnes of plastic, it will help Wales achieve its zero waste target. “

The firm will buy plastics from across Wales and the UK. A portion of the flake (12,000 tonnes) will supply two South Wales plastics manufacturers.  The remaining flake will supply manufacturers across the UK.

Davidson said: “I am committed to building a sustainable future for Wales. That means investing in projects like this one which will contribute towards our ambition of becoming a Zero Waste country by 2050 and –just as importantly- boost the local economy.”

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