Biffa, a leading UK recycler and waste management provider, opened its new £27.5m1 state of the art PET plastic bottle recycling facility in Seaham, County Durham, UK.
Biffa’s investment in the new facility, which is stated to be among the most modern and technically advanced of its kind in the world, is part of the Group’s ongoing drive to invest in the UK’s recycling infrastructure to allow more waste to be recycled at home.
The plant is capable of converting 57,000 tonnes of PET plastic per year, equivalent to 1.3bn plastic bottles.
At Seaham, Biffa will convert PET back into high-purity plastic pellets to be sold on to drinks makers and other manufacturers to be used for a range of applications, from food and beverage packaging, to clothing. Biffa believes the plant will play an important role in reducing plastic pollution in the UK by improving the country’s ability to recycle through sustainable closed loop systems.
The plant will provide 100 full time jobs in the region, building on Biffa’s established presence in the North where it already employs around 1,600 people. Its importance is signified by the endorsement Biffa has received from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which represents the voice of major business and civic leaders across the North, and promotes it as a place in which to live, work and invest.
The new facility, which is expected to generate £40m in revenues per year, is of strategic significance for Biffa as the Group continues to expand its nationwide recycling capabilities. The plant will capitalise on the access to plastic waste that Biffa has through its collections and sorting activities, including the 4.1m tonnes of waste & recycling the Group collects from UK households and businesses every year.
Announcement of a new £7m facility
Biffa also announced a further investment in the North East of England. In the next 12 months Biffa will be building a £7m facility in Washington, which will expand its recycling capabilities for plastic tubs and trays. This will handle approximately 20,000 tonnes of plastic per year and create at least another 30 jobs, providing further investment into the local community.