Major funding announced to form plastic recycling partnership in Scotland

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Roseanna Cunningham and Iain Gulland

Funding of over £3 million has been announced to launch a new plastics recycling partnership which aims to recycle all plastics in Scotland.

Project Beacon will bring together recycling firms PI Polymer Recycling, Recycling Technologies and Impact Recycling, with Binn Group signed on as supply chain partners.

The companies will pool their research and technology into a new plastics recycling centre currently being built at Binn Farm in Perthshire.

They are currently developing a separation system to support mechanical recycling and a new chemical feedstock recycling process.

This includes a patented process based on thermal cracking which recycles end-of-life plastic waste thatcannot be recycling using mechanical methods.

Project Beacon is backed by £1.7 million from Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund with another £1.7 million leveraged from the private sector.

Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham visited the site earlier this week with Zero Waste Scotland CEO Iain Gulland to announce the funding.

She said: “Initiatives like Project Beacon have the potential to be potentially ground-breaking as they are finding new uses and economic potential for hard-to-recycle plastics which could make a significant contribution to reducing waste and increase recycling.”

Partners hope the first demonstration facility will run later this year.

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