Closed Loop Recycling Expansion

The innovative recycler, who was the first in the world to recycle both PET and
HDPE plastic bottles into food grade material for new food and drink packaging,
is implementing a major expansion which will double the supply of recycled HDPE
to the UK market, more than meeting the expected demand from the dairy industry
as it works towards higher recycled content targets.

The investment in
new infrastructure will make Closed Loop Recycling the biggest recycler of milk
bottles in the world.  It will increase capacity at the Dagenham-based plant to
55,000 tonnes per annum, creating the most advanced plastics purification
facility in the UK and diverting a further 30,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in
the process. 

“Recycled milk bottles are a massive win for the circular
economy,” explains Chris Dow, CEO of Closed Loop Recycling.  “The increased
demand for recycled content is an example of the whole industry working together
– retailers, producers, brands and industry bodies – to implement an ambitious
plan. This has created a sustainable business model with enormous potential for
the future.

“There has been a huge commitment from the companies in this
sector, including our customers, who have invested in technology and plants to
complete the HDPE recycling loop.  I am confident that our expansion will bring
the 2020 target of 50% recycled material in plastic bottles closer,” continues

Dr Liz Goodwin, chief executive of WRAP comments: “Closed Loop
Recycling’s expansion in order to meet forecast demand for recycled content in
milk bottle packaging is the perfect example of how businesses can work together
to achieve the economic and environmental benefits of a circular economy. It’s
great to see circular economy ideas being converted into positive

Closed Loop Recycling is implementing an awareness campaign with
local authorities to increase collection rates of milk bottles. This will
support the ongoing goals of the Dairy Roadmap whereby dairy processors, farmers
and retailers are working together with government to develop a raft of
environmental improvements within the dairy industry.

Closed Loop
Recycling has been at the forefront of the UK plastic recycling industry which
has gone from almost zero to £60 million in just five years and this multi
million pound investment in new infrastructure will further enable the company
take real action to support Britain’s challenging waste stream.

As a
result of a joint agreement with the London Thames Gateway Development
Corporation (LTGDC), Closed Loop Recycling has leased an additional three acres
adjacent to its existing Dagenham site to help facilitate any future expansion,
in order to realise its ambitious growth plans and meet demand for recycled food
grade products.

Closed Loop Recycling’s Dagenham plant has been
operating since December 2008.  Its current capacity allows the production of
35,000 tonnes of mixed plastic bottles, producing 11,000 tonnes of rPET and
6,000 tonnes of rHDPE per annum. 

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