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ECO Plastics hits milestone

Continuum Recycling, the recycled-PET joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and ECO Plastics, has celebrated sorting a quarter of a billion bottles. The landmark comes some nine months after the facility was opened by then Waste Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach, and confirms the stellar performance of the partners in ramping up production.

Located on the site of ECO Plastics’ existing facility in Hemswell, Continuum is now responsible for processing more than 50 percent of the UK’s bottle grade rPET plastic. The success of the facility has allowed CCE to meet its commitment to use 25 percent rPET in all its bottles by the end of 2012, an industry first.

The plant also played a key part in Coca-Cola’s efforts to recycle all of the plastic bottles used during the Olympics and Paralympics, with some 15 million collected and returned to shelves as part of 63 million new bottles during a process that lasted as little as 6 weeks.

CCE and ECO Plastics estimate that the plant will save around 33,500 tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking over 15,715 cars off the road.