Business and energy minister Michael Fallon has paid a visit to the UK’s first shopping bag and plastic film recycling facility in London.
The new Woolwich-based facility, which started operations in late 2013, uses a high tech proprietary process developed by PlasRecycle during the past four years, to reprocess up to 20,000 tonnes a year of used shopping bags and plastic films.
The plant produces a plastic granulate, which can be used for making new bags. For every tonne of plastic packaging which is reprocessed and recycled, there is a saving of 1.5tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
PlasRecycle founder and chief executive Duncan Grierson said: “We were delighted to welcome the minister and show him around our new plant which is recycling used bags back into a high quality plastic pellet for reuse. We are pleased to be contributing to the country’s environmental targets set by the EU’s Waste Framework Directive and the Climate Change Bill.
“Scientific research by the Environment Agency has shown that regular polythene carrier bags have a much better carbon footprint than alternatives, such as paper bags and bio-degradable bags.”
Business and energy minister Michael Fallon said: “The innovative technology being used by PlasRecycle shows that dealing with waste and recycling properly can create jobs and boost economic growth as well as being good for the environment.”