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Plastic depot breaks the mould

PUBLISHED: 16:56 10 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 11 August 2010

DAGENHAM will become host to one of the most pioneering recycling plants in the world later this month. Officially opening on June 26, the Closed Loop Recycling plant, situated in Choats Road, is the first in the UK to turn packaging made from PET (polye

DAGENHAM will become host to one of the most pioneering recycling plants in the world later this month.

Officially opening on June 26, the Closed Loop Recycling plant, situated in Choats Road, is the first in the UK to turn packaging made from PET (polyethylene teraphthalate) into 'food grade' wrapping.

The £13 million facility will recycle 35,000 tonnes of waste every year, which would otherwise go to landfill sites or would have to be exported for recycling.

The plant will also be recycling high-density polyethylene, the tough semi-opaque plastic that milk cartons are made from, and producing material that can be turned back into new milk bottles.

"'Closed Loop recycling' means that it comes in as a bottle, and goes back out as something that can be made back into a bottle, and that can be done over and over again" a spokesperson for the company explained.

"Before, plastic was just being recycled into cheaper products with a much lower value."

With around 1.2 million tonnes of plastic currently being sent to landfill sites in the UK each year, experts hope the plant will pave the way for a new approach to recycling.


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