Biffa Polymers completes mixed plastic line upgrade


The Biffa Polymers post-consumer plastic recycling line at its Redcar plant has been reopened following an upgrade.

Biffa had to close its mixed plastics recycling line 18 months ago following challenges in recovering material of a high-enough quality and yield.


But now following an upgrade of equipment, the plant is able to operate at full capacity again.

Biffa Polymers commercial manager Chris Hanlon said: “It’s great news for all concerned that our Redcar plant is now fully back in business. Recovering value from waste is what Biffa does best and at Biffa Polymers we’re completely focussed on maximising the recovery of plastics collected throughout the UK.

“To be able to include the post-consumer line again at Redcar is an impressive achievement.

“Our commitment to the recycling of post-consumer plastics has never waned. We have worked tirelessly to overcome the barriers encountered in the running of the plant. Thanks to the expertise and efforts of the Biffa Polymers team, we are now fully back in business at the UK’s largest plastics recycling site.”

Biffa Polymers constructed the first commercially available rHDPE food grade production plant in 2008, with the post-consumer line added in 2011.

The upgraded line is able to process 1,000 tonnes of mixed plastics per month and Biffa Polymers plans to expand operations further in spring 2014.