The joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises and Eco Plastics has recycled 250 million bottles since the £15 million facility was opened nine months ago.
As a result, the plant at Hemswell in Lincolnshire, located on the site of Eco Plastics’ existing facility, is now operating at 100 per cent capacity.
This means Continuum is responsible for processing more than 50 per cent of the UK’s bottle grade rPET plastic and has allowed Coca-Cola Enterprises to meet its commitment to use 25 per cent rPET in all its bottles by the end of 2012.
Eco Plastics managing director Jonathan Short said: “Continuum was built in record time. Taking ten months to move from ground breaking to full commissioning for a plant of this scale and sophistication is no small achievement. Now to be exceeding our ramp up plan is further testament to the expertise, dedication and determination of our team.
“This is another great milestone for Continuum. I’d like to thank our partners, Coca-Cola Enterprises, for everything they have done in making today happen.”
Coca-Cola Enterprises associate director for recycling Nick Brown added: “Continuum has proven to be a landmark initiative for the reprocessing industry. This state-of-the-art facility is a first for the industry and is truly transforming recycling in this country. Our partnership with Eco Plastics has helped us reach an important milestone in our on-going efforts to build a low-carbon, zero waste business here in Great Britain.”