Veolia expands UK plastic recycling operations enabling it to recycle 100 different grades

Veolia plastic recycling
Plastics ready for sorting at Veolia's Rainham MRF

Veolia can now recycled 100 different grades of plastic after expanding its UK plastic recycling facilities.

This increases its recycling capacity by 8,000 tonnes per year.


From three sites in London, Essex and the Midlands, Veolia now provides a full services from collection to production of plastic pellets ready for recycling.

Some of the different grades that can be recycled include:

  • HDPE
  • LDPE
  • ABS
  • PC
  • PETE
  • PP
  • PS
  • V.

Veolia UK and Ireland director of sustainable technology Tim Duret said: “The green recovery and climate change must be priorities, and a key part of this is to tackle the problem of plastics getting into the environment. As recycling plastics uses 75% less energy than using virgin material the process lowers carbon, and if all plastic were recycled this could mean annual savings of 30 to 150 million tonnes of CO2.

“We are committed to a sustainable and circular future for the plastics economy, and look forward to working with commerce, industry and communities to capture, process and recycle this useful material, and protect our environment for the future.”

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