|New recycling plant takes all plastics
The first recycling plant to take all recyclable plastics is set to open in April 2011. The plant in Redcar, Teesside, is part of a plan to reinvent the local economy with recycling, where it was traditionally based on steel and chemicals.
The plant is based on a grant of £1.87m from Waste and Recycling Action Programme, also known as Wrap. It was awarded to Biffa Polymers in January 2010 and integrates all plastic recycling, sorting plastics by polymer type and colour.
High grade plastic will be processed separately by Biffa and recycled back into food grade plastic. Other recycled plastics will be made into items such as paint trays, plant pots, storage boxes, car parts and office furniture.
Biffa intend to start producing 15,000 tonnes, increasing to their maximum output, 20,000 tonnes, next year. The plant has created 28 new jobs.
Commenting on the plant, waste and recycling minister Lord Henley said: Biffa's innovative technology will make life easier for families who've puzzled over recycling their yoghurt tubs and food trays.
"Not only will this investment help households and businesses who want to recycle more, but it also gives a welcomed boost to green jobs in the North East. It's part of green growth - making valuable resources available again to the economy."