Opening date set for new plastic £27.5million recycling plant which will bring 100 new jobs to Seaham

Waste management company Biffa has confirmed a new PET plastic bottle recycling plant will open later this month – and will bring 100 new jobs to the area.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 3:12 pm
Updated Friday, 10th January 2020, 5:25 pm

The new facility, which will convert waste plastic bottles into food grade plastic packaging, is part of a £27.5million investment into the facility at Foxcover Distribution Park, in Admiralty Way in Dawdon.

Biffa say the facility will play a part in reducing plastic pollution in the UK.

Last year, Biffa chief executive Michael Topham said it plans to invest the cash into its site will allow it to process 120,000 tonnes of plastic a year.

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File picture: Members of Biffa staff. Picture credit: Biffa
File picture: Members of Biffa staff. Picture credit: Biffa

The facility, which will be among the most modern and technically advanced in the world, will open on Wednesday, January 29.

The new facility will not only be helping to reduce plastic pollution and promote better recycling for the UK as a whole, but will also be significant for the local economy.

Last year, the Echo reported that facility will be in operation 24/7, processing 3million bottles a day into new food and drink packaging, with construction to begin this summer, with the first commissioning trials scheduled for December.

The company also said at that point the plans for Seaham will double the company’s recycling capacity for plastic bottles, adding to its flagship Redcar plant, which processes about 18,000 tonnes of recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHDPE) a year to create milk bottles and food trays.