Biffa  Polymers,  part  of  leading  national  waste  management  services  provider, Biffa, has announced a £6.5 million investment into a new recycling line at its Wilton plant in Redcar.

The second recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHPDE) line will enable the company to double its output of food grade rHDPE, which is used to make milk bottles and food trays, from 10,000 tonnes per year to 20,000 tonnes.

Expected to be operational from early 2017, the new line will provide extra capacity for plastics recycling at a time when the wider plastics recycling industry is experiencing instability.

Chris Hanlon, commercial director at Biffa Polymers said: “The creation of a new rHDPE line at our Redcar plantwill put capacity back into the market to meet the growing demand that we are seeing, which is particularly important given recent events in the plastics recycling industry.

“Enabling  us  to  double  our  output,  this  investment  in  our  facilities and  the  additional infrastructure it provides will also mean that more scrap plastic generated by UK households can be processed here in the UK rather than being sent abroad for processing.

“We  remain  committed  to  continued  investment  and  improvement  in  our  facilities and our expert team are open to exploring possible growth strategies that will enable us to enhance our offering and increase our processing capacity further in future.

”Established  25  years  ago,  Biffa  Polymers  was  the  first company in  the  world  to  achieve  food grade  status  for  its  recycled  High  Density  Polyethylene  (rHPDE)  and  has  picked  up  a  string  of awards,  including  the  Queen’s  award  for  Enterprise  and  Innovation  in  2009. To  date,  the polymers facility has reprocessed over 3 billion plastic bottles.