In 2016, Veolia UK acquired the Closed Loop manufacturing plant that makes plastic pellets from plastic waste.
Using a mechanical/chemical process, the Hybrid-UnPET process by URRC, the East London plant recycles plastic milk bottles made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) into food-grade quality plastic pellets that can be used to make new bottles and yoghurt pots.
Making plastic bottles from recycled HDPE generates energy savings of 75% compared with manufacturing bottles from raw materials, which is equivalent to the amount of energy it takes to supply close to 20,000 households. The process also saves on 10,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year.
The new plant has significantly stepped up the UK’s recycling capacity. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “I am determined to redouble efforts to increase the amount London recycles so I am delighted that Veolia has purchased this important facility. This plant will be able to recycle all of the capital’s empty milk bottles – a mountain of waste that would otherwise have been sent to landfill. This is good news for London and good news for the environment.”