Lincolnshire

Hemswell plastics recycling plant officially opened

A plastics reprocessing plant in Lincolnshire, claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world, has been officially opened.

In partnership with Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE), ECO Plastics has built the £15m recycling plant at its site near Gainsborough.

The plant sorts and cleans used plastic packaging and turns this into new bottles within six weeks.

Thirty jobs have been created with the completion of the new facility.

The project is part of a 10-year joint venture between CCE and ECO Plastics.

The Hemswell plant was officially opened by Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach on Wednesday.

'Next-generation technology'

Simon Baldry, managing director of CCE, said: "Today's opening of this £15m, state-of-the-art facility will transform recycling in this country and ensure that we can achieve our ambition of incorporating 25% recycled PET in our plastic bottles."

The plant will enable the UK to process 75,000 tonnes of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) per year, up from 35,000, said CCE. PET is a type of plastic used most commonly used for bottled water and fizzy drinks.

Jonathan Short, managing director of ECO Plastics, said the facility was now the largest of its kind in the world.

He said: "[CCE] has provided us with the confidence to invest in the next-generation technology which will be crucial to our industry's future development."

CCE estimates the plant will save about 33,5000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, which is the equivalent of taking 15,715 cars off the road.

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