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Supermarket buys into recycling facility

A UK supermarket is taking a direct role in managing its own waste through buying a stake in a plastics facility.

Morrisons is the first UK supermarket to own its own recycling operations through the acquisition of ‘a significant stake’ in a new recycling site in Fife, Scotland reprocesses flexible plastics. The site is co-owned and being constructed by recycling plant specialists Yes Recycling. It will process up to 15 000 tonnes of flexible food packaging into plastic flakes, pellets and boards. The move will create around 60 new jobs.

Morrisons could use the recycled material from the site for a range of applications, including store fixtures and fittings. In addition, Ecosheets, an alternative to plywood, are being manufactured at the site for use in the agriculture and construction sectors.

Jamie Winter, procurement director at Morrisons, says: ‘Lots of work has been done by retailers to reduce plastic but little to recycle what remains. We’re taking on that challenge and making a significant investment in a state-of-the-art soft plastic recycling site. It’ll take problematic plastics, recycle them here in the UK, and give them a new life.’

Omer Kutluoglu, co-owner of Yes Recycling, adds: ‘This is a ground-breaking site which uses new patented plastic recycling technology, which we’ve developed over the last seven years. It is a blueprint for the future and will help to kick-start the UK’s plastics recycling industry.’

Morrisons has committed that, by 2025, it will recycle and reuse the equivalent amount of plastic it puts on to the market within its own recycling facilities. Morrisons has a target of reducing its own brand plastic packaging by 50 per cent and making all own brand plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

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