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Plastics recycler closes after arson attack

Recycling firm Boomerang Plastics has closed after four years of operations following an arson attack in 2013, its parent company has announced.

Boomerang owner Mike Jordan said he made the decision to close the business at the end of 2015, after a “perfect storm” of a plummeting oil price and a lack of incentive to recycle in the UK.

Parent company Summit Systems said the firm’s Tamworth site is being cleared with equipment sold.

The recycling firm’s original plant, also in Tamworth near to Müller’s Midland Dairy network, became operational in March 2011 but it relocated nearby three years later after the arson attack.

Electricity prices and insurance rocketed at the new site, the company said.

Jordan, who is also Summit Systems managing director, said: “We are of course disappointed with the outcome, but we have learnt some valuable lessons and have walked away ensuring all our creditors were paid.

“We will now be focusing on driving forward our successful new recycling systems business Summit Recycling Systems, which will design and build MRF and PRF sorting plants.”

Around a dozen jobs were lost as a result of the closure, with two of those transferred over to Summit Systems.

Boomerang Plastics was established in 2011 and expanded rapidly on the back of a contract to process used Muller yogurt pots. It comprised a unique processing line developed to separate the mixture of part-clean plastic pots, yogurt, printed wrappers, card and foil.

Warwick University was involved in the initial line design, which used density separation technology, cold washing, hot washing, chemical separation and colour picking.

Jordan said: “We were buffered by our core ancillary business doing so well, thanks in part to a partnership with Tria granulators leading to our biggest order ever.

“It was with a heavy heart we closed the door, but I now have the freedom to focus on making our service even better for our customers. The experience has helped our other businesses by providing insight and a very detailed understanding of the recycling chain.”

Summit Systems, established in 1990, opened Boomerang in 2011 following its work on managing the installation of former plastic bottle recycler Closed Loop’s facility in Dagenham.

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