It was only earlier in 2008 that Closed Loop Recycling opened its plant in Dagenham, England. But now it’s been announced that an even bigger plant is to open in Deeside, Wales.
The £12 plant has been given the go-ahead by the Government and it’s hoped it will open next year. The existing plant is the first recycling facility in the world to take plastic milk and drink bottles and turn them back into plastic suitable to be made into more drink bottles – hence the ‘closed loop’ bit.
The new plant will recycle 50,000 tonnes of bottles that would have otherwise gone to a landfill in the UK or shipped abroad. To put that in perspective, a 500kg bale of plastic bottles contains around 12,500 of them, so multiply 25,000 by 50,000 and you have a huge number of bottles that are getting recycled.
It’s a very clever process how they sort all the bottles out, you can find out for yourself here.