Enva, the Glasgow-headquartered waste, water and recycling company, has invested £1.8m (€2m) to double recycled material output capacity at its plastics compounding plant.
The company states the investment will significantly increase supply of recycled compound in the UK.
The compounding facility, located in Lincolnshire, now features a new extruder unit. This will increase output to 2,000 tonnes of recycled polymer per month.
Enva recycles and recovers 85% of all small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) generated in the UK each year.
Separation technologies sort the waste into a range of regrinds, by quality. The products are suitable for reuse in new electronics, including monitors, kettles, toasters and vacuum cleaners.
Commenting on the increased availability of recycled material, general manager Steve Bell said: “Manufacturers recognise the need to develop more sustainable supply chains and reduce their dependence upon virgin materials. This investment makes us the UK’s largest supplier of extruded compounds from WEEE, enabling our customers to further increase their use of recycled plastic and realise the associated environmental and commercial benefits.
“It will also give us greater capability to custom match the colour or physical properties of compounds to our customers’ specific requirements,” he added.
Enva also forecasts that the increase in extruded compound will also reduce the amount of material being sold as regrind, adding further value to the secondary resource.