The new business will produce around 10,000 tonnes of high quality food grade HDPE pellets annually. Recycling this material requires 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle than using ‘virgin’ materials, and this equates to conserving enough energy to power around 20,000 homes and saving 10,000 tpa of carbon emissions.
The resource management company said the acquisition demonstrates its strategic commitment to the plastics economy by acquiring manufacturing assets which will unlock the complete supply chain for manufacturing plastic bottles from recycled material.
Veolia will now be able to offer the complete range of services from collection of raw feedstock (waste plastic bottles) direct from people’s homes or businesses, through all the recycling steps, and back to food grade pellets ready to be blown into new plastic milk bottles.
The deal creates 30 permanent jobs and enables Veolia to make and sell a high value product from the 200 million plastic milk bottles it collects annually.
Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior executive vice president Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “We are very interested to collaborate in this space since co-operation with the manufacturing sector, the people actually making things from recovered materials, is essential in order to be successful for the long term.
“This is a great opportunity to work in tandem with our Rainham plastic recycling facility to turn the high density polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottles back into bottles and we are excited at mastering the full supply chain by moving into this type of manufacturing. This shows once again Veolia’s commitment to investment in the UK.”
New London Mayor Sadiq Khan praised the investment. “I am determined to redouble efforts to increase the amount London recycles so I am delighted that Veolia has purchased this important facility. This plant will be able to recycle all of the capital’s empty milk bottles – a mountain of waste that would otherwise have been sent to landfill. This is good news for London and good news for the environment.”
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