In the UK, Indigo Environmental Group has further expanded its recycling capacity with the addition of a new contaminated plastic packaging line.
The company, which started operations in 2017, said the line represented its ‘largest capital investment to date’.
It has installed the new line in response to the high demand for a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to the recycling of plastic buckets and drums.
Capable of handling up to 180 tonnes of materials per week, Indigo’s recycling plant produces high-quality recycled polymer for remanufacture using the latest shredding, granulating and washing technologies. This material will have its own recycling credentials and lifecycle.
The expansion requires a dedicated site alongside a newly-designed training plan for existing colleagues – as well as the creation of up to ten full and part-time new jobs.
In the past, the disposal of this type of waste was at a high cost and carried zero environmental benefit, said Paul Kinley, managing director of Indigo Environmental Group. “We’re delighted to be able to offer this solution to a long-standing client, which means thousands of tonnes of waste avoids damaging the environment.”
The Widnes-based environmental services business specialises in closed-loop and innovative recycling solutions for different industries. Headed by a team with over 20 years of experience in the sustainable recycling sector, Indigo has shown impressive growth to date, and recently secured two new large commercial contract wins.
It has also acquired plastic recycling company Three Counties Reclamation Ltd, in Shropshire, which will allow the company to diversify their service options and further expand their service nationally to help satisfy increased demand.
According to Kinley, “All of the staff are staying on with the business moving forward and we now have a stronger workforce to further drive the business growth.”
Going forward, Indigo Group plans to maximise the acquisition by launching a polymer specific business, sourcing materials from smaller recyclers who don’t have the access to markets to sell on smaller volumes.