United Kingdom – UK-based plastics recycler, Axion Polymers, has invested an additional Â£1 million (or US$ 1.6 million) to enhance operations at its state-of-the-art plant in Manchester, which recovers polypropylene and other materials from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs).
According to Axion, the facility can process some 200 000 metric tonnes of auto shredder residue per year. ‘This latest cash injection is part of on-going efficiency optimisation at the facility. It enables Axion to separate the non-metallic fractions from the equivalent of about 800 000 cars a year,’ states Axion founder and Director Roger Morton. This is expected to notably reduce the costs of landfilling the excess material, which is estimated to average around US$ 120 per tonne.
The plant first opened its doors in January 2011. ‘Although the operation is still developing, we are already delivering the 95% recycling and recovery target through a combination of plastics recycling, producing materials for the construction industry and fuel to substitute coal,’ adds Mr Morton. He notes that this is ahead of the 2015 EU ELV recycling and recovery target.
Axion’s in-house team worked closely together with other UK recycler, S. Norton & Co., to design and construct the multi-million pound Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP). Operating it jointly, S. Norton also generates the a portion of the auto shredder residue processed at the Manchester site.
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