7th January 2019

All plastic could be recycled in Swindon

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Plastic film and crisp packets would be recycled at the first advanced facility of its kind, planned by Swindon Borough Council and a recycling specialist.

If it gets the go-ahead, Recycling Technology would provide a feedstock recycling machine which can convert plastic waste back into oil, to enable new plastics to be made.

The innovative machine heats up plastic in the absence of oxygen to break the waste plastic down into oil and, as a result, can recycle crisp packets, plastic film and food pouches.

Adrian Griffiths, chief executive and founder of Recycling Technologies, said: “We are delighted that Swindon, the home of our manufacturing facility and HQ, is hoping to also be the home of England’s first aPRF (advanced plastics recycling facility) which includes our RT7000 feedstock recycling machine.

“There is an urgent need for more plastic recycling capacity in the UK to not only stem the flow of plastics into landfill and our environment, but to also create jobs and boost economic prosperity across the region.”

Swindon is one of the few councils to own a waste-to-fuel plant and in the past, the council stated it would have more control over its plastic waste by collecting it with mainstream rubbish and drying it out at its plant, which provides energy for the concrete industry in France.

Local councils are spending up to £500,000 extra a year in England, due to problems with the plastic recycling industry, as a result of import bans by countries who are now unable to take the UK’s waste.

Although most local authorities collect plastic bottles, some councils are close to ending plastic collections amid fears the plastic will end up polluting the oceans when exported.

Last month, the Government’s Resources & Waste Strategy pledged to boost the UK’s circular economy prospects through a major overhaul of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system, which could raise between £0.5bn-£1bn a year for recycling and disposal.


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