Continuum Recycling, a recycled-PET joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and ECO Plastics, celebrated its one-year anniversary of operations by reaching 500 million bottles processed since opening the facility, located in Hemswell, Lincolnshire, U.K., in May 2012.
To mark the anniversary, the two companies welcomed Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), for a tour of the facility.
The facility is located at ECO Plastics’ existing facility in Hemswell, Lincolnshire. According to an ECO Plastics release, the opening of Continuum Recycling created the world’s largest plastics reprocessing facility, more than doubling the amount of bottle-grade recycled plastic PET previously created in Britain.
“Continuum has shown the real benefits of recycling. It has helped to cut down on waste and brought millions of plastic bottles back into use which would have otherwise been sent to landfill. The plant has further helped Lincolnshire’s rural economy to thrive by creating more jobs - this is exactly what we want to see,” says Lord de Mauley.
Nick Brown, CCE’s associate director for recycling, notes, “We are immensely proud of the long-term partnership forged with ECO Plastics. Sorting more than half a billion bottles after only one year in operation is an extraordinary achievement, and shows once again the significance of a project which is truly shaping the future of plastics reprocessing in Great Britain.”
Jonathan Short, ECO Plastics’ managing director, says, “Delivering a world-first is always a challenge, so to have hit the 500 million mark within a year of opening is a real achievement.”
“But as significant as that accomplishment is in terms of jobs created and in terms of carbon saved, it is only part of the story. We hope that Continuum will prove to be a gateway project, demonstrating the value of long-term partnership and providing a template that others can follow, Short continues.
“The challenge of creating a sustainable and 360 degree U.K recycling industry is a real one. Projects like Continuum can make a material difference in helping us to achieve that vision,” he adds.