UK group opens PET bottle recycling plant / Another site for plastic tubs and trays being planned
Recycler and waste management provider Biffa (High Wycombe / UK; has opened its new GBP 27.5m (around EUR 32.7m) PET bottle recycling facility in Seaham / UK. The plant has a capacity to convert 57,000 t/y of PET, which Biffa says is equivalent to 1.3 bn plastic bottles. Its Seaham site is to process PET into high-purity pellets to be sold to drinks makers and other manufacturers to use in applications such as food and beverage packaging or clothing.

Biffa will be manufacturing food packaging from rPET produced at its Seaham facility (Photo: Biffa)
The plant is expected to provide 100 full-time jobs in Northern England and generate annual revenues of GBP 40m. Biffa’s collection and sorting activities comprise around 4.1m t/y of waste collected from UK households and businesses. Its existing plastics recycling includes a plant in Redcar / UK, where HDPE milk bottles are recycled into food-grade rHDPE. According to the company, 85% of milk bottles sold in the UK contain recycled plastics from Biffa.
New recycling site in the pipeline
Biffa has also announced an additional investment in Northeast England. In the next 12 months, the company plans to build a GBP 7m facility in Washington / UK. The site will expand the recycling of plastic tubs and trays, handling approximately 20,000 t/y of plastics. At least 30 jobs are expected to be created.

In fiscal 2019, the UK group recorded a total revenue of GBP 1.091 bn, with underlying EBITDA at GBP 150.7m. It employs more than 8,000 people working at over 200 sites.
05.02.2020 [244452-0]
Published on 05.02.2020
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