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27 May 2021
Following construction commencing on the world’s first HydroPRS™ advanced plastic recycling site in Teesside, UK, Mura subsidiary ReNew ELP have today announced their principal feedstock contract with Geminor UK Ltd. The new agreement will see at least 15,000 tonnes of PE and PP rich plastic feedstock diverted away from incineration and into recycling annually, making up the bulk of the feedstock supply for the first 20,000 tonnes per annum phase of the 80,000 annual tonnes per annum ReNew ELP project.
Traditionally supplying the Energy from Waste industry, which incinerates waste plastic, Geminor’s move to supplying the recycling industry with post-consumer plastic packaging waste will bring environmental benefits, with advanced recycling estimated to save approximately 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of waste recycled when compared to incineration, whilst diverting waste plastic away from environmental pollution. Feedstock will be sourced from within the UK, reducing need to export plastic waste.
The upcoming reformation of UK Packaging Waste Regulations, implementing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging from 2023 will see plastic producers responsible for the full net cost of recovering the plastic waste that they place onto the market. Leading up to the introduction of EPR, ReNew ELP have formed an agreement with Ecosurety Limited, one of the UK’s leading producer responsibility compliance schemes, for technical support and expertise in securing Environment Agency reprocessor accreditation, as well as auditing and management of data in the National Packaging Waste Database. Ecosurety will also assist with the issuing of recycling evidence known as Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) by ReNew ELP.
At the core of Ecosurety is the drive to make a tangible impact on UK recycling via consumer education programmes, supporting recycling innovation and infrastructure development. By working with Ecosurety, ReNew ELP also hope to encourage the recycling of flexible plastic materials from Front of Store (FoS) collections via the Flexible Plastic Fund, which encourages collection of post-consumer flexible plastic packaging at stores, funded by a number of international brands.
ReNew ELP is the first plant to use HydroPRS™, an advanced recycling solution that uses supercritical water to convert waste plastics into shorter chain hydrocarbon products, the equivalent of fossil resource, for use in the manufacture of feedstocks to create new plastics. The first phase of the project will see the construction of one of four recycling lines, each able to process 20,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually, due into operation by the end of 2022 – the remaining three lines will follow in quick succession. Target waste plastic feedstock is post-consumer, contaminated plastic packaging, including flexible materials such as films, pots, tubs and trays which – until now – have been considered unrecyclable. There is no limit to the number of times the same plastic can be recycled using HydroPRS™.