United Kingdom – ECO Plastics, the leading UK reprocessor of post-consumer plastics which last year established a joint venture with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) called Continuum Recycling, has undertaken a Â£15 million (US$ 23.6 million) expansion at its Hemswell facility in the east of England.
The plant now produces an additional 25 000 tonnes of high-quality recycled plastic a year, on top of the 15 000 tonnes previously produced. This will be enough to ensure CCE can reach its target of including 25% recycled plastic in all its plastic packaging in 2012.
To achieve this goal, greater volumes of PET flakes must be sorted at Hemswell, prompting ECO Plastics to install an additional SORTEX A5 optical sorter from the Swiss BÃ¼hler Group. The UK company first invested in the SORTEX Z+ in 2008, and has now added a new five-chute model capable of sorting up to 6 tonnes per hour.
ECO Plastics uses SORTEX technology to remove unwanted colour, glued flakes and foreign materials (including wood, aluminium and other metals) from clear and clear blue PET. The SORTEX range is customisable with five optional modules. Its capacity can be adapted to meet customers’ exact needs and the feed system is specifically tailored to the product, allowing for a wide range of chute options.