New facility to double recycling of plastic bottles

A new recycling facility will double the number of plastic bottles recycled in the UK, according to the government.

A partnership between ECO Plastics and Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) will open a new £15 million recycling plant in Lincolnshire allowing the UK to process 75,000 tonnes of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) per year – up from 35,000 tonnes recycled last year.

Defra called the new facility “an innovative blueprint for the future”.

Defra waste minister Lord Henley said: "This investment builds on the public's enthusiasm for recycling and will make it easier for them to buy recycled plastic products such as the famous Coca-Cola bottle.

“It more than doubles the UK's ability to turn used drinks bottles into new ones, which reduces the carbon footprint of every bottle made, compared with using virgin material."

The new plant will lead to the creation of 15 new jobs during the construction phase, and up to 30 new jobs once the plant is fully operational next year.

It is part of a 10-year joint venture between the two companies which will see ECO guarantee an annual supply of recycled plastic to CCE, which said the facility would allow it to hit its target of including 25 per cent recycled PET in all its plastic packaging in the UK by 2012.

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