New hard plastics recycling plant to be built
Express Plastics & Recycling
is developing what could be the first hard plastics recycling
plant in the UK in Essex.
The company is developing a £2.1
million facility at Rainham with the aid of a £75,000 grant
from the London Recycling Fund.
From next year, the plant will
reprocess plastic from rigid items including wheeled bins, milk
crates and office equipment, with a staff of 35.
The new plant will eventually
have three recycling lines, each with the capacity to deal with
20,000 tons of waste per year. Technology is being brought in
from Dutch firm Envirotech.
Express Recycling and Plastics
revealed it has already arranged its first major contract with
Kent-based Grosvenor Waste Management, who will send plastic picked
out at their sites around London to the facility.
New equipment is expected to
be installed so that the plant can be up and running by February
2006. At the plant, waste will first be put through a shredder,
where large contaminants including metal will be removed. Material
would then be washed in a two-stage process in which paper and
other contaminants are removed.
Express said its plant will offer
100% plastic granulate to be sold on to plastic production companies,
particularly in the automotive sector. The collected metals and
woods will also be sold on and the company said it already has
outlets for these materials.
Express was created in October
2004 and is a subsidiary of development company The Exchange.
If the first plant is a success,
there are already plans in place to add a second plant in South
London, with a possible move further afield to follow.