A £12.5 million polymer recycling facility has been opened by Viridor in Rochester, Kent.
It was opened by the Mayor of Medway Councillor Barry Kemp and Viridor chief executive Ian McAulay.
The facility, which was constructed in conjunction with Stadler UK, will help local councils and businesses turn more plastic waste into quality raw materials for industry.
Capable of processing 75,000 tonnes of mixed plastics each year into segregated plastic grades, it uses some of the most advanced materials sorting technology available.
It is also able to sort 10,000 tonnes of glass from combined input streams each year and is unique in being able to recover mixed plastics and commingled glass and cans.
Ian McAulay said: “I’m pleased to see our latest investment already providing an improved recycling service for customers in Kent and beyond. Transforming what others see as waste into quality resources that can be used iwthin manufacturing is a key requirement to greater resource efficiency in the UK. That is good for UK business and for the environment.”
The facility will process 14 tonnes per house of mixed plastics, cans and glass. After processing, an output of PET clear bottles, PET coloured bottles, PET food trays, polypropylene, HDPE clear, HDPE coloured, polystyrene, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, mixed paper, plastic bags and glass will be created.