MP opens £1 million plastics waste sorting facility at Centriforce

February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

CENTRIFORCE Products, the UK's largest independent plastics recycler, has invested £1 million in a pioneering new Plastic Recycling Facility (PRF) at its six-acre Liverpool production centre.

The new facility was officially opened today by local MP Louise Ellman. Her visit recognised the private investment being made by Centriforce to guarantee a reliable and high-quality of HD/LDPE/PP plastic waste feedstock needed to manufacture its high-performance recycled plastic products.

Louise Ellman said: "I'm delighted to be able to come and open this plastics recycling plant. As a private investor, Centriforce is putting its faith in the UK's growing recycling industry and is making a valuable contribution towards a more robust infrastructure for UK plastics recycling in future. Centriforce's continued investment will stop thousands of tonnes of waste from going to landfill every year and help to create 'green jobs' for UK plc."

The new facility is the culmination of a £2 million programme of expansion at Centriforce which has seen the company double its production capacity to more than 10,000 tonnes per annum in the past four years. Centriforce supplies recycled plastic sheets, boards and profiles including its leading Stokbord® brand to the agriculture, construction and retail sectors. Centriforce has taken the decision to invest in its own sorting facilities for mixed plastic feedstock, recognising the need to contribute to a more robust infrastructure for plastics recycling in the UK.

Managing Director Simon Carroll said: "Centriforce has taken the bold decision to develop an in-house capability for sorting mixed plastic waste feedstock. We are still only one of a few UK recyclers to take this course, but we believe it is important to invest in a long-term solution.

"The UK recycled plastics industry can play a key part in generating demand for mixed plastic waste streams from both municipal and industrial sources, thus contributing to UK landfill reduction targets.

"To do this we need to develop an infrastructure capable of delivering a reliable supply of high quality feedstock. We decided that the only way to guarantee the high-performance products our customers expect was to invest in our own facilities."

The new PRF will employ up to 10 people at the facility which will sort pre- and post consumer mixed plastic waste streams from a range of sources including the retail and construction industries, and prepare a quality feedstock for production.

Centriforce's pro-active approach to sourcing recycled plastics feedstock extends to its innovative programme of encouraging 'closed loop' recycling arrangements with national companies. These companies keep full control of their waste stream by providing recycling feedstock to Centriforce, then buying back usable products for ongoing use in their business operations.

Centriforce's unique extrusion processes deliver a high-performance plastic, manufactured into boards, profiles and cable tiles. Demand has increased because they offer a durable and lower-cost alternative to traditional materials such as concrete or plywood, whilst providing an opportunity for users to demonstrate sound environmental policies.

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