Veolia buys plastic recycling plant

Veolia UK, which specializes in resources and waste management, has acquired a plastic recycling plant in Dagenham, East London, which was previously home to Euro Closed Loop Recycling. It means that Veolia will now have an end to end plastic supply chain.

The company will now be able to offer the complete range of services from collection of raw feedstock (waste plastic bottles) direct from people’s homes or businesses, through all the recycling steps, and back to food grade pellets ready to be blown into new plastic milk bottles.

It’s good news for both the UK economy, with some 30 new jobs created, and for the environment. Currently around 13 billion soft drinks, water and milk bottles are discarded each year but this new business will produce around 10,000 tonnes of high quality food grade HDPE pellets annually. Recycling this material requires 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle than using ‘virgin’ materials, and this equates to conserving enough energy to power around 20,000 homes and saving 10,000 tpa of carbon emissions.

Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice president Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “This is a great opportunity to work in tandem with our Rainham plastic recycling facility to turn the high density polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottles back into bottles and we are excited at mastering the full supply chain by moving into this type of manufacturing. This shows once again Veolia’s commitment to investment in the UK.”


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