Continuum Recycling, a U.K.-based recycled-PET (polyethylene terephthalate) joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and U.K.-based ECO Plastics, has reported that it has sorted 250 million bottles since the facility opened roughly nine months ago.
The plant in Hemswell, Lincolnshire, U.K., cost £15 million (US$17.6 million) to build and is located on ECO Plastics’ existing facility, which the company says is the largest plastics sorting facility in the world.
According to ECO Plastics, the facility is responsible for processing more than 50 percent of the U.K.’s bottle-grade recycled PET plastic.
Jonathan Short, ECO Plastics managing director, says, “Continuum was built in record time. Taking 10 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.”
Nick Brown, associate director for Recycling at Coca-Cola Enterprises, says, “Continuum has proven 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 ongoing efforts to build a low-carbon, zero waste business here in Great Britain.”