Vanden Recycling has opened a plastic plant in Cambridgeshire which is being heralded as a milestone in the company’s expansion plans.
The Whittlesey facility gives it a centrally located processing capability in the UK. It incorporates three soundproofed granulation lines permitting a daily throughput of up to 30 tonnes of plastic when operating on a single shift.
Vanden has also secured land adjacent to the facility to create more material storage space, allowing the facility to increase operations to two shifts a day.
The plant can handle multiple plastic streams and can change the plant set-up for different customer requirements.
The shredding, granulation and baling plant has a front-end material inspection and preparation area. Material is focused primarily on post-industrial plastic waste from the vacuum forming, blow moulding, injection moulding, printing, retail and logistics sectors.
David Wilson, managing director of Vanden Recycling in the UK, said: “Our parent company Vanden Global sees opportunities in the UK plastic recycling sector, and the investment in this facility marks a vote of confidence in the UK.
“There are many opportunities to expand plastics recycling in the UK, but the volatility of the markets means that doing so requires a high degree of expertise and understanding.
“We have a decade of global plastics recycling and supply experience, and took our time to find the right site and deliver the required services. Our intention is to expand this site and increase the quantity and quality of plastics recycled here in the UK.”
Vanden UK is part of the global Vanden Group which also has offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Finland, Australia and Taiwan.