Veolia awards major contract to Closed Loop Recycling

New contract aims to take 100,000 tonnes of PET and HDPE to Closed Loop facility

Veolia Environmental Services has boosted the expanding domestic plastics recycling market with the award of a major new contract to Closed Loop Recycling. The new contract could result in over 100,000 tonnes of PET and HDPE being delivered to Closed Loop Recycling’s Dagenham plant from Veolia’s recycling network. 

The decision follows Veolia’s strategic and long-term review of its supply chain and a £5 million investment in its own nearby sorting facility at Rainham in Essex from where the plastic bottles will be supplied. It will also strengthen the plastic recycling industry as growth sector within the UK having increased in value from almost zero to £150 million in the last six years, creating green jobs and reducing CO2 emissions.

Closed Loop Recycling’s advanced Dagenham plant has been operating since December 2008.  It currently reprocesses more than 4 million bottles per day with a significant increase in capacity planned in the coming 12 months.  

The company is at the forefront of the UK plastic recycling industry and was the first in the world to recycle both PET and HDPE plastic bottles into food grade material for new food and drink packaging.  

Gavin Graveson, Veolia Environmental Services’ Executive Director, Treatment said: “Working in partnership with Closed Loop we have supported the domestic plastic recycling market and the new contract will build on that success. Plastic collection, sorting and recycling is now firmly embedded in the UK’s waste strategy, as a direct result of the willingness of both companies to invest in the sector.”

Chris Dow, CEO of Closed Loop Recycling added: "We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Veolia since our plant’s inception and they are already our largest supplier of bottles.  We are delighted that our two companies have been able to confirm this new agreement which will help take Closed Loop Recycling to new heights. 

“As one of Europe’s leading recycling companies, Veolia has been central to providing high quality recycled plastic feed stock to the industry.  The five year contract shows a new stage in the development of the plastic recycling industry, with more demand than ever for high quality, domestically processed rPET and rHDPE here in the UK for leading brands such as M&S and Britvic.” 

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