Plastics Plant Biffa Polymers to Double Output
13 April 2016
A Teesside plastic recycling plant is doubling output with a £6.5m investment - with new jobs set to follow.
Biffa Polymers, which makes pellets for milk bottles and trays for the food industry, is building a new recycling line at its Redcar plant.
The latest investment will take capacity up to 20,000 tonnes a year from early 2017 - at a time when recycling industry markets are unstable.
Chris Hanlon, commercial director at Biffa Polymers said: “The creation of a new rHDPE line at our Redcar plant will put capacity back into the market to meet the growing demand that we are seeing, which is particularly important given recent events in the plastics recycling industry.
“Enabling us to double our output, this investment in our facilities and the additional infrastructure it provides will also mean that more scrap plastic generated by UK households can be processed here in the UK rather than being sent abroad for processing.
“We remain committed to continued investment and improvement in our facilities and our expert team are open to exploring possible growth strategies that will enable us to enhance our offering and increase our processing capacity further in future.
"With the level of investment, this will undoubtedly create new jobs but we are not sure how many yet."
Established 25 years ago, Biffa Polymers was the first company in the world to achieve food grade status for its recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHPDE) and has picked up a string of awards, including the Queen’s award for Enterprise and Innovation in 2009. To date, the polymers facility has reprocessed over 3 billion plastic bottles.
Source : gazettelive.co.uk