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PlasRecycle to launch higher pellet grades

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Films recycling company PlasRecycle has said it will launch two higher quality grades of plastic pellets after expanding its facilities.

Using a more expensive wet cleaning process for the first time, the firm will be able to sell to a broader market.

The two new products form part of the company’s PlasLoop brand, launched late in 2015, to support the firm’s growth with the strapline ‘Instead of landfill’.

The firm launched its dedicated plant Woolwich in south east London to convert discarded shopping bags and plastic films into recycled plastic pellets in 2013, the first of its kind in the country.

PlasRecycle managing director, David Brookes told MRW: “There are certain tiers of quality that we can achieve dry and there are certain tiers of quality that we can achieve wet.

“We found that meaningful tonnages we can create dry but because of the quality and appropriate sales price, which has been hampered of recent times by the price of oil and volumes of recyclates, as with most businesses we have to evolve our model a bit.

“What we’ve done is we have got some new equipment installation going on now for a start up in early February, which will allow us to lift our throughput for 2016 and improve our quality.”

Brookes said the two new grades of material would be launched in February or March this year, with the company likely to exhibit them across the UK.

Part of the company’s expansion is a set of new silos for storage of its recycled plastic pellet, installed last March (pictured).

Brookes was promoted in July last year shortly after joining the company as a development director. Founder Duncan Grierson moved to a more backseat role after setting up the firm in 2010.

A full interview with Brookes will be published in the 13 February issue of MRW.

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