Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and ECO plastics have officially launched their joint venture Continuum Recycling.
The £15 million facility is the largest of its kind in Great Britain. It will take used bottles and turn them into new bottles.
Opened by the environment minister, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, the recycling plant will more than double the amount of bottle-grade recycled plastic (rPET) created in Britain, allowing CCE to meet its commitment to use 25 per cent rPET in all its bottles. The additional capacity has made the Lincolnshire plant into the world’s largest plastics processing facility.
CCE managing director Simon Baldry said: “Our investment in Continuum Recycling shows that we are serious about setting the industry standard for sustainable packaging. Today’s opening of the £15 million state-of-the-art facility will transform recycling in this country and ensure that we achieve our ambition of incorporating 25 per cent recycled PET in our plastic bottles.
This is a first for the industry and an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to build a low-carbon, zero waste business here in Great Britain.”
This is the first time that a beverage company and a recycling business have formed a long-term strategic partnership. It will provide CCE with high-quality rPET for a minimum of ten years.
This will save around 33,500 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking 15,715 cars off the road.
Environment minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach said: “Recycling is a growing industry, and investment in these types of projects not only makes good business sense – it will help us achieve our ultimate aim of a zero-waste green economy.”