Viridor breaks ground on plastics recycling facility

The facility is expected to handle 75,000 metric tons of mixed plastics per year.

June 25, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
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The U.K.-based recycling and waste management firm Viridor UK has begun construction of its new $21.24 million (12.5 million pounds Sterling) plastics recycling facility (PRF) in Rochester, U.K. Stadler UK, which supplies sorting and treatment plants for the waste management industry, will be handling construction of the facility.

Viridor says that when the facility is operational it will be capable of processing 75,000 metric tons of mixed plastics each year into high quality clean plastic grades ready to be used in the production of new plastic products and packaging. The plant is the fourth specialist PRF Stadler UK has been commissioned to deliver. In addition to plastics, the facility will be able to separate up to 10,000 metric tons of glass from combined input streams every year.

Viridor UK says when complete the facility will be the first plant of this size to have the capability to recover mixed plastics as well as comingled glass and cans and will use sorting technology.

Herman van der Meij, Viridor director of resource management, says, “Our industry is at the heart of making the green economy a reality. Making the most of the resources we have within the UK is becoming increasingly important as it creates employment opportunities and helps the country achieve its ambitions of becoming a leader in sustainability.

“We have had a strong presence in the south east of England for quite some time, developing resource-management infrastructure as well as investing in our people to make sure we deliver a high quality service and added-value to our customers as well as value to society and broader stakeholders. This latest investment is a signal of our real commitment towards helping develop a circular economy in the UK.”

Stuart Foster with the U.K. organization Recoup, says, “We are delighted to see another PRF about to come on stream. It is imperative that the U.K. is able to recycle more of its plastic resource as this will cut the use of virgin feedstock, help achieve the increasing packaging recycling targets, reduce the carbon dioxide load and, very importantly, significantly reduce the amount of plastic which ends up in landfill. We congratulate Viridor and its technology-supplier Stadler UK on this new facility.”

Trevor Smart, UK sales manager for Stadler UK, says, “We are delighted to be working with Viridor on this prestigious development. The combination of our expertise in the design and delivery of plastics recycling facilities and excellent working relationship with Viridor will see this multi-million pound, state of the art facility open for processing later this year.”

As a supplier of equipment to the plant, Steve Almond, sales engineer at Tomra Sorting UK, comments, “We’re delighted that our technology has been chosen for this state-of-the-art plastics recycling facility and using Tomra’s Titech technology, it is possible to recover high value, high purity different types plastic materials including: polyethylene and PET, as well as polystyrene, polypropylene and PVC.”