Plastic bottles left on the London Underground are to be recycled by Closed Loop Recycling.
Waste management company Bywaters will collect the bottles and send them to Closed Loop Recycling’s PET and HDPE recycling facility in Dagenham, east London. The scheme is supported by the Greater London Authority (GLA).
The plastics recycling company has plans to expand next year after seeing a 22 per cent increase in throughput at its facility in the first quarter of this year.
Closed Loop Recycling managing director Chris Dow said: “This is not only fantastic news for Closed Loop ahead of our planned expansion, it’s great news for Londoners who will now be able to see their used bottles being recycled virtually on their doorstep into brand new packaging by some of the UK’s biggest brands. It’s a big boost for British recycling.”
Bywaters chief executive John Glover added: “We have worked very closely with the GLA since its formation in 2000. Bywaters has maintained an expanding presence in the ‘real’ East End having moved from three locations on the Olympic Park in 2006.
“Creating value from London’s waste locally fully supports the Mayor’s Proximity Principle, provides much needed local employment and keeps our carbon footprint to a minimum. By working with London’s businesses and the public sector, Bywaters is determined to achieve more and will continue to lead the way in our 2012 Olympic year, the year in which the Queen and Bywaters both celebrate their diamond anniversaries.”