Hong Kong plastic recycler expands in UK, opens new facility

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The site has three granulation lines with throughput of up to 30 tonnes of plastic a day

Plastics recycler Vanden Recycling has opened a new processing facility in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, hitting a milestone in its UK expansion plans.

The UK-based company, part of Hong Kong-based Vanden Global group, is specialised in collections and 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 feedstock.

The new Whittlesey facility is equipped with an advanced shredding, granulation and baling plant and has a front-end material inspection and preparation area. 

The site has three granulation lines which have a combined throughput of up to 30 tonnes of plastic a day when operating on a single shift.

The plant can handle multiple plastic streams such as ABS, HDPE, LDPE, PC, PET, PMMA, PP PS and PVC and is claimed by Vanden to be able to “quickly alternate” plant set up between different customer requirements.

Additionally, Vanden has secured land adjacent to the facility to create additional material storage space, to allow the plant increase its operations to two shifts per day. 

Currently, the site has created 12 jobs, but the figure is expected to grow to 20 at full capacity.

“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,” said David Wilson, managing director of Vanden Recycling in the UK.

 

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“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…. Our intention is to expand this site and increase the quantity and quality of plastics recycled here in the UK,” Wilson added.

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