Eco Plastics, the Lincolnshire-based plastics recycler, announced today that its Continuum Recycling joint venture with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) had sorted 250 million post-consumer plastic bottles in the nine months since it started operations last year.
Continuum, which is located on Eco Plastics' plant in Hemswell, processes more than half of the UK's bottle-grade rPET plastic.
The success of the facility, opened last year by the then-waste minister Lord Taylor, meant CCE had hit its target of using 25% rPET in all of its bottles by the end of 2012, Eco Plastics said.
Jonathan Short, Eco plastics managing director, said: “Continuum was built in record time. Taking ten months to move from ground breaking to full commissioning for a plant of this scale and sophistication is no small achievement.
“Now to be exceeding our ramp up plan is further testament to the expertise, dedication and determination of our team.
“This is another great milestone for Continuum. I'd like to thank our partners, Coca-Cola Enterprises, for everything they have done in making today happen.”
Nick Brown, associate director for recycling at CCE said Continuum had proved to be a landmark initiative for the reprocessing industry.
“This state-of-the-art facility is a first for the industry and is truly transforming recycling in this country. Our partnership with Eco Plastics has helped us reach an important milestone in our on-going efforts to build a low-carbon, zero waste business here in the UK.
“In the short time since opening, Continuum has allowed us to achieve our ambition of incorporating 25% recycled PET in all our plastic bottles and played a key role in helping to deliver a sustainable legacy for the London 2012 Olympic Games.”
Brown said the success of the venture illustrated to everyone, from householders to local authorities and policy makers, “the real environmental and economic benefits of recycling and the vast potential of the UK reprocessing sector”.