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Swindon may host plastics-to-oil recycling plant

Swindon Borough Council is set to send its plastics waste to a new Recycling Technologies plant if negotiations prove successful.

If the deal goes ahead, Recycling Technologies would work with Public Power Solutions, a wholly owned council company.

Swindon was criticised last year by environment minister Therese Coffey for plans to end plastic recycling and to instead burn the material. This was later abandoned.

The council is now examining the possibility of hosting the second site for Recycling Technologies’ RT7000 feedstock recycling machine, after one planned to be built in Scotland in 2019.

RT7000 converts plastic waste into oil, called Plaxx, from which new plastics can be made. It heats plastic in the absence of oxygen to break the material down and recycles plastics commonly considered unrecyclable such as film, laminates and crisp packets.

Recycling Technologies already has a pilot plant in Swindon which utilises a smaller version of the RT7000.

The company’s chief executive Adrian Griffiths said “There is an urgent need for more plastic recycling capacity in the UK, not only to stem the flow of plastics into landfill and our environment, but also to create jobs and boost economic prosperity across the region.”

Maureen Penny, council cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “We are currently developing action plans on how we manage our waste as part of our recently adopted 10-year waste strategy.

“An important part of the strategy focuses on utilising new technologies, so this working partnership fits in perfectly to our wider vision of waste management.”

 

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