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Faerch Plast teams up with retailers for plastics recycling scheme

Plastics packaging business Faerch Plast UK which serves a number of markets including the snacks sector, has teamed up with Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, along with waste management firm Viridor, to put recycled black plastic into new food grade packaging.

The scheme, which was  welcomed by Environment Secretary, Michael Grove, and will initially see 120 tonnes of black plastic (eight million items) recycled each month starting this month.

As the company revealed, the volume of material will be steadily increased over the next 18 months with Viridor’s specialist plastics recycling facility at Rochester in Kent becoming a centre of excellence for the initiative.

Mr Gove said: “This global leading scheme has the potential to mean the UK exports less of its waste, could divert huge amounts of plastic away from landfill and prevent virgin plastic entering the market in the first place.”

The collaboration is evidence of the goals of the UK Plastics Pact, of which Faerch Plast was a founding signatory, being put into action to achieve the real change the public had been calling for. The Pact sets out clear UK ambitions for a more responsible and resource-efficient approach to plastics by all sectors and provides the framework for collaborative action.

Viridor’s commercial directo,r Paul Ringham said: “The project team, working together since January, has proven that black plastic from household mixed waste recycling can be recycled into high quality mixed coloured ‘jazz’ flakes to create food grade packaging.

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