UK-based waste management company Biffa is continuing its successful collaboration with Italian recycling technology supplier Amut.
In 2020, Biffa opened a PET plastic bottle recycling facility in Seaham, equipped with an advanced, custom-engineered 4,000 kg/h PET bottle recycling line from Amut capable of recycling 1.3bn plastic bottles a year. The facility converts PET from baled raw materials back into high-purity plastic pellets to be sold to drinks makers and other manufacturers for a range of applications, from food and beverage packaging to clothing.
This year, Biffa has again turned to Amut to supply the machinery and equipment for its high-density polyethene (HDPE) new expansion project. The new line, with a capacity of 2,000 kg/h, will recycle 1.6bn milk bottles a year.
“Following a successful partnership with Anut at our state-of-the-art Seaham facility we’re pleased to be working with them again at our Washington facility where we are adding a further 14,000 tonnes of capacity to recycle HDPE plastic,” said Biffa Regional Engineering and Projects Manager Martin Brass. He added that the company hopes to quadruple its current plastic recycling capacity by 2030.
Founded in 1912, the company pioneered the concept of integrated waste management, managing multiple waste streams at a customer’s site from the late eighties onward.Biffa opened the first fully integrated sorting and recycling facility for mixed plastic packaging in 2011. Today, its operations that span the entire breadth of the waste management process including collection, reuse, recycling, treatment, disposal and energy generation.