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Plastic Recycling September 19, 2019 11:30:46 AM

Viridor Pledges to Stop Exports of Plastic Scrap

Paul Ploumis
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Viridor’s dedicated division, Viridor Resource Management, will focus on investment in additional infrastructure in order to ensure that the right waste put in the right bin are recycled and reprocessed domestically.

Viridor Pledges to Stop Exports of Plastic Scrap

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): In response to a call from public, Viridor, the largest UK-owned recycling company has decided to process all core plastic waste domestically. Consequently, it will stop exporting plastic scrap from next year onwards.

The company, in a press release, noted that its new £65 million plastics reprocessing plant near Bristol is expected to be commissioned next year. This is in addition to existing Kent and Lancashire plants. The proposed plant would be the largest multi-polymer facility in the UK. It will process variety of plastics including HDPE bottles, PET bottles and PP pots, tubs and trays to generate flakes and pellets which will be sold for reuse by packaging manufacturers within the country.

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Phil Piddington, Managing Director of Viridor stated that the public attitude towards waste and recycling has prompted the company to cut plastic scrap exports. According to findings of its 2019 Recycling Index tracking consumer attitudes, 89% noted that UK must find a way to recycle its waste domestically. A similar 89% of survey participants shared the view that plastic waste must be used to create resources which could be reused.

Viridor’s dedicated division, Viridor Resource Management, will focus on investment in additional infrastructure in order to ensure that the right waste put in the right bin are recycled and reprocessed domestically. To achieve this goal, Viridor will partner with like-minded companies.

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