Biffa’s £4m plastics recycling plant, which was mothballed with the loss of 30 jobs, has started running again.
The facility was the first in the UK to recycle lesser-value household plastics, diverting them away from landfill and recycle them. However, the low-quality feedstock made the process commercially unviable.
Chris Hanlon – “We’ve already re-employed a lot of the people we made redundant and we’re in the process of employing more”
The plant hit tough times in January, after 18 months in business.
Since then, Biffa has been running trials and has invested a further £500,000 into the plant.
The company said it is “extremely confident” that the £4m facility will be a viable operation following the upgrade and that the aim is to get the site up to full capacity by the end of the summer.
Biffa Polymers’ commercial director, Chris Hanlon, told local media: “We’ve already re-employed a lot of the people we made redundant and we’re in the process of employing more.”
He said the principal cause of the closure was the inconsistent quality of feedstock. The site has now secured a better quality supply, which Hanlon said will enable the company to produce a better quality finished product.