Closed Loop beefs up HDPE recycling operations

Closed Loop Recycling has announced that it is significantly expanding its HDPE recycling capabilities, in order to meet the demands of the dairy industry which increasingly requires higher levels of rHDPE in its milk bottles.

The plastic bottle recycler, which specialises in recycling both PET and HDPE plastic bottles into food grade material for new food and drink packaging, is implementing a major expansion which wills double the supply of recycled HDPE to the UK market.

Closed Loop Recycling said the investment in new infrastructure will make it 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,” said chief executive Chris Dow.

He explained: “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.”

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin added: “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 action.”

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, according to Closed Loop Recycling.

Liz Gyekye

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