Enval to build first commercial scale recycling plant to extract aluminium from laminated packaging


The world’s first commercial-scale plant using Enval’s process for the recycling of laminated plastic and aluminium packaging is to be built at Alconbury, near Huntingdon.

It will be used to showcase this process and will become a centre of excellence for advanced resource recovery technologies.


Multi-national brand owners Nestle, Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International are part of the group of stakeholders that has backed the development of the facility.

The plant will use Enval’s microwave induced pyrolysis system for recovering valuable materials from foil-containing flexible packaging. Enval intends to use the plant to demonstrate its technology at full commercial scale to other potential recyclers who may wish to build their own plants around the world.

Enval business development director David Boorman said: “Enval is delighted to be locating our first commercial scale plant at the Enterprise Zone in Alconbury. We know of many companies within the resource recycling sector that have found the planning process difficult to navigate.

“Enval’s experience, with the support and expertise offered by our local authority partners and the Enterprise Zone itself, has been an extremely positive one.”

The technology separates the material into its constituent components, producing clean aluminium ready for introduction into the secondary aluminium supply chain and hydrocarbons that can be used as fuel or chemical feedstock.