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Sita signs agreement to build first waste plastic to diesel facilities

An agreement to build Britain’s first end-of-life plastic to diesel conversion facilities has been signed by Sita UK and Cynar Plc.

An agreement to build Britain’s first end-of-life plastic to diesel conversion facilities has been signed by Sita UK and Cynar Plc.

The exclusive agreement will see Sita UK construct 10 plants around the UK, the first of which will be commissioned in greater London by the end of 2011, with subsequent facilities built at the rate of two to three per year.

The facilities will target the 1.5 million tonnes of mixed plastic waste a year not recycled in the UK, and will use Cynar plastic refinement processes to convert 6,000 tonnes of mixed plastic waste a year into four million litres of diesel fuel – known as End of Life Plastic Diesel (ELPD).

ELPD is of a similar quality to conventional diesel, meaning that the fuel will not require further refining for commercial use, and is expected to be produced at a lower cost than normal diesel, with a lower carbon footprint.

Cynar Plc chief executive Michael Murray described the agreement with Sita as “transformative”, adding: “We are excited by the prospect of seeing our technology becoming both a manufacturing and mainstream reality.

“We believe Cynar has found an entrepreneurial partner in Sita UK who can help us ensure that the years of our research will be realised in the near future with vehicles running on plastic-derived diesel, and ensuring that there is a practical commercial benefit derived from dealing with Britain’s growing mixed waste plastic mountain.”

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