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WRAP funds mixed plastics facility

Construction of a new 20,000 tonnes per year capacity mixed plastics facility is to be funded by the Waste & Resources Action Programme.

Redcar-based waste firm Greenstar WES received the grant to reprocess non-bottle household plastic packaging waste in January this year, after successfully entering a £2M capital grant competition launched by WRAP in June 2009. (see MRW story)

Now, 20,000 tonnes of plastics such as margarine tubs, yoghurt pots and meat trays, will be collected from households in the surrounding region to be recycled at the plant. Greenstar WES aims to have the processing capacity in place by 2013.

WRAP director for market development Marcus Gover said: We were delighted with the quality of the bids for this grant. Mixed plastic packaging is an extremely visible waste stream, and householders increasingly want it to be recycled in the same way as other packaging materials such as glass, paper, plastic bottles and cans which are widely recycled.

WRAP launched the competition to increase mixed plastics recycling following results from three research projects on the viability of mixed plastics recycling in the UK. Currently, more than 216,000 tonnes of plastic bottles are collected for recycling in the UK each year but recycling of non-bottle household plastic packaging is still limited. Therefore, it is hoped this facility will help boost the recycling of mixed plastics industry, attracting further investment.

A target to increase mixed plastics recycling by at least 40,000 tonnes by 2011 was announced by WRAP in June 2009.


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