Vanden Recycling opens new east of England plastics processing facility

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A new plastic processing facility in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire has been opened by plastic reprocessor, Vanden Recycling.

A specialist in the recycling of scrap plastics, primarily from manufacturing, distribution and retail industries. Vanden markets these back into the manufacturing sector, both in the UK, Europe and export markets, as a material feedstock.

Vanden UK is part of the global Vanden Group which also has offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Finland, Australia and Taiwan.

According to Vanden UK, the new facility has been equipped with technologically advanced shredding, granulation and baling plant and has a front-end material inspection and preparation area.

"Combined, these will ensure that the plastics collected are treated to meet the highest standards required by manufacturers worldwide," said David Wilson, managing director of Vanden Recycling in the UK, who added: "The Whittelsey site incorporates three fully soundproofed granulation lines which have a combined throughput of up to 30 tonnes of plastic a day when operating on a single shift. The plant has the flexibility to handle multiple plastic streams such as ABS, HDPE, LDPE, PC, PET, PMMA, PP PS and PVC and to quickly alternate plant set up between different customer requirements."

Although the site has only just become fully operational, Vanden announced it has already secured land next to the facility to create additional material storage space. This is expected to allow the facility to increase its operations to two shifts per day.

Wilson stated: “Our parent company Vanden Global sees opportunities in the UK plastic recycling sector, and this investment in this facility marks a vote of confidence in the UK.

“This site was previously a transfer station. Following eight months of significant improvements both internally and externally, it is now ideal for our process. Being located close to Peterborough, the UK’s environment capital, and the A1 makes it very accessible in terms of logistics.

“There are many opportunities to expand plastics recycling in the UK, but the volatility of the markets means that doing so requires a high degree of expertise and understanding," continued Wilson.

“Our intention is to expand this site and increase the quantity and quality of plastics recycled here in the UK. Demand for material is high – but only if it meets the right standards. Our new facility is part of our planned strategic expansion.”

Material being processed at the facility is focused primarily on post-industrial plastic waste from the vacuum forming, blow moulding, injection moulding, printing, retail and logistics sectors.

For some customers, Vanden said it will be able to take plastic scrap and process it ready for re-use by the same customer, providing a new way of maximising the value of original feedstocks.

In addition, the company is reported to have the capacity to process redundant local authority wheelie bins.


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