The new Biffa Polymers mixed plastics recycling facility, built with support from WRAP, on behalf of the Government, is the first integrated washing and sorting facility in the UK that is specifically designed to recycle rigid mixed plastics packaging.
Mixed plastics recycling capacity in the UK needs to grow in line with the growth in collections brought about by a strong public demand to recycle mixed plastics. WRAP has provided Biffa Polymers (formally Greenstar WES) with a £1.187 million capital grant to help build the new rigid mixed plastics recycling facility in Redcar, Middlesbrough.
The Redcar facility will begin processing 15,000 tonnes per year from April 2011, building up to a full capacity of 20,000 tonnes per year by April 2012. It will process plastics from Biffa MRFs, as well as local authorities and commercial Biffa customers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Once sorted and processed, the high quality outputs, sorted by polymer type and colour are suitable for a wide range of end uses where the environmental benefits are unlocked through replacing the use of virgin plastic. Examples of new products include paint trays, plant pots, storage boxes, pallets, car parts and office furniture. In addition some of the output will be processed through Biffa’s food grade HDPE recycling facility at the same site and go back into the manufacture of new milk bottles.
This new recycling facility can clearly demonstrate the environmental and commercial benefits of a fully functioning rigid mixed plastics recycling plant for the UK recycling industry. And with a wide range of applications and global end markets, the added value processing of mixed plastics will deliver economic benefits in the UK, divert more waste from landfill, and reduce carbon emissions.