Enval Announces Location for Inaugural Plant

Plant will recycle aluminum and laminated plastic packaging in the U.K.

October 22, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations Plastics

Enval, a Cambridge, U.K.-based recycling technology firm, has announced the location for its first commercial-scale recycling plant. The new facility has been designed to recycle laminated plastic and aluminum packaging and will be located at the recently designated enterprise zone in Alconbury, U.K.

The facility will be used to showcase Enval’s process and will become a center of excellence for advanced resource recovery technologies.

Stakeholders in the facility include brand name firms Nestlé, Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International. According to a news release, Enval’s backers reflect the potential that the company’s technology has demonstrated for improving the recyclability of flexible laminates. The site will feature a fully operational, continuous process plant based on Enval’s microwave-induced pyrolysis system for recovering valuable materials from foil-containing flexible packaging.

Enval plans on using the plant to demonstrate the new technology at full commercial scale to other potential users working in the recycling industry in the expectation that similar plants will be built by the company.

“Enval is delighted to be locating our first commercial scale plant at the Enterprise Zone at Alconbury,” says David Boorman, Enval’s business development director. “We know of many companies within the resource recycling sector that have found the planning process difficult to navigate. Enval’s experience, with the support and expertise offered by our local authority partners and the Enterprise Zone itself, has been an extremely positive one.”

Enval’s planning application was backed by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (GCCP). In approving the development, the Cambridgeshire County Council, says that Enval “will create the first job opportunities within the Alconbury Enterprise Zone.”

Following consultation with Huntingdonshire District Council and Great Stukeley Parish Council, planning permission has been granted for conversion of two existing buildings on the former airfield to house a demonstration recycling plant, which will divert laminated packaging, mainly sourced locally, away from landfill.

Enval says that its technology offers a financially attractive and genuine recycling route for plastic/aluminum laminate packaging that has, to date, been unrecyclable. The technology separates the material into its constituent components, producing clean aluminum ready for introduction into the secondary aluminum supply chain and hydrocarbons that can be used as fuel or chemical feedstock. The process offers a much more beneficial outcome for waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill or incinerated.

Enval was formed as a spin-off from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge.