Continuum Recycling, the recycled-PET joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and ECO Plastics, celebrated its one year anniversary by reaching the milestone of half a billion bottles processed.
To mark the completion of its first full year in operation, CCE and ECO Plastics welcomed Waste & Recycling Minister, Lord de Mauley, for a tour of the facility.
The site is now responsible for processing around 50 per cent of all the plastic bottles collected in the UK and played a key role in Coca-Cola’s recycling efforts during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In total, some 15 million plastic bottles were collected from Games venues and returned to shelves as part of 63 million new bottles. In total, it has more than doubled the amount of bottle-grade recycled plastic (rPET) previously created in Britain.
Lord de Mauley – “Continuum has shown the real benefits of recycling. It has helped to cut down on waste and brought millions of plastic bottles back into use”
Over the past year, Continuum has received a number of recognitions, including the Best Partnership prize at the Green Business Awards in reflection of the facility’s impact on the UK’s domestic recycling industry.
Lord de Mauley, commented: “Continuum has shown the real benefits of recycling. It has helped to cut down on waste and brought millions of plastic bottles back into use, which would have otherwise been sent to landfill. The plant has further helped Lincolnshire’s rural economy to thrive by creating more jobs – this is exactly what we want to see.”
Nick Brown, Associate Director for Recycling at Coca-Cola Enterprises, added: “We are immensely proud of the long-term partnership forged with ECO Plastics. Sorting more than half a billion bottles after only one year in operation is an extraordinary achievement, and shows once again the significance of a project which is truly shaping the future of plastics reprocessing in GB.
Finally, Jonathan Short, Managing Director of ECO Plastics, said: “Delivering a world-first is always a challenge, so to have hit the 500 million mark within a year of opening is a real achievement. But as significant as that accomplishment is in terms of jobs created and in terms of carbon saved, it is only part of the story. We hope that Continuum will prove to be a gateway project, demonstrating the value of long-term partnership and providing a template that others can follow.”