Veolia Environmental Services has opened its first plastic recycling facility. The Rainham, Essex, facility will support local authorities across the UK adopt mixed plastic recycling of residential waste.
The company said that if every local authority across the UK adopted mixed plastic recycling it will help save over 300,000 tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent of removing approximately 75,000 cars annually.
The £5m facility has created 45 jobs and has the capacity to handle up to 50,000 tonnes of waste plastic per annum including bottles, yogurt tubs and trays across nine grades.
Gavin Graveson, executive director of Veolia Environmental Services, said: “This state-of-the-art facility has the capability to adapt to different plastics in the future and will begin to help end confusion for homeowners as to what they can and cannot recycle.
“We can now achieve a market leading end product for reprocessing materials back into plastic products, closing the loop and feeding the circular economy.”