Biffa Polymers has announced a £7m investment into a new recycling line at its Redcar plant in Cleveland.
The second recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHPDE) line will enable Biffa to double its output of food grade rHDPE, which is used to make milk bottles and food trays, from 9,000 tonnes per year to 18,000 tonnes.
The Redcar facility operates 24/7, 365 days per year. It has been modernised throughout with upgraded materials as a result of this investment.
The new line, which was officially opened by Biffa CEO Ian Wakelin on 29 March 2017, will create 20 new jobs for the region as well as providing extra capacity for plastics recycling at a time when the wider plastics recycling industry is experiencing instability.
“The new line is a real boost to our leading industry position in plastics recycling, here in the UK. The investment is also great news for the region, creating a significant number of jobs for local people.”
Biffa CEO Ian Wakelin said: “The creation of a new rHDPE line at our Redcar plant will put capacity back into the market to meet the growing demand that we are seeing, which is particularly important given events in the plastics recycling industry.”
“Enabling us to double our output, this investment in our facilities and the additional infrastructure it provides will also mean that more discarded plastic generated by UK households can be processed here in the UK rather than being sent abroad for processing.
“We remain committed to continued investment and improvement in our facilities and we are open to exploring possible growth strategies that will enable us to enhance our offering and increase our processing capacity further in future.”
Chris Hanlon, commercial director at Biffa Polymers continues: “The new line is a real boost to our leading industry position in plastics recycling, here in the UK. The investment is also great news for the region, creating a significant number of jobs for local people.”
Established 25 years ago, Biffa Polymers was the first company in the UK to achieve food grade status for its recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHPDE) and it has picked up a string of awards, including the Queen’s award for Enterprise and Innovation in 2009. To date, the polymers facility has reprocessed over 3bn plastic bottles.