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Plastic Recycling

Operating two of the most technically advanced plastic reprocessing facilities in the world. Biffa Polymers is able to deliver world class solutions by converting waste plastics into high value raw materials.

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Biffa Polymers – Redcar

Situated within the world-famous Wilton International complex, the plant offers a variety of plastic reprocessing services. In 2008 we were the first in the world to produce rHDPE food grade pellets recycled from post-consumer sources. The facility is also able to reprocess a wide variety of other post-industrial and post-consumer plastics. The plant accepts 63k tonnes of plastic for recycling every year.

Biffa Polymers was awarded the Queen’s Award for Excellence in Innovation in 2009 for its food grade facility specialising in the recycling of HDPE milk bottles.

Biffa Polymers – Seaham

In 2020, Biffa opened its new £27.5m state of the art PET plastic bottle recycling facility in Seaham, County Durham. Biffa’s investment in the new facility, which is among the most modern and technically advanced in the world, is part of our ongoing drive to invest in the UK’s recycling infrastructure and encourage more waste recycling at home.

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The plant is capable of converting 57,000 tonnes of PET plastic per year, equivalent to 1.3bn plastic bottles. PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is a commonly used material to package soft drinks, as it is lightweight, durable, and highly recyclable, producing significantly lower carbon emissions than alternatives.

To find out more about our plants and the processes they use click here.

Plastics we buy

We can buy and recycle a wide variety of plastic scrap and redundant materials, and we offer a reliable collection service that is taken to one of our dedicated reprocessing facilities. 

We will not only take your plastic waste materials, but can also offer you a consultancy service on how best to separate mixed plastics.

We have a nationwide commercial team and an expert laboratory team who will help you to identify your different plastic types. Our commercial team will work with you to educate your site team and advise you on how to segregate different types of plastics so you avoid mixing incompatible grades, and command the best rates.

We also provide a variety of on-site packaging, such as cages, skips, bags and trailers to aid with site management and store bulk loads. We want to ensure that you can not only sell plastic waste materials, but also streamline your processes so that on-site segregation is as efficient as possible.

We’re able to reprocess a wide variety of different types of plastics from both post-consumer and post-industrial sources. If you have plastic material available then please fill in the form to discuss in more detail.

The plastics we sell

Our team are specialists in plastic recycling. We strive to provide our customers and partners with plastic recycling solutions, including the uses of recycled plastic, to maximise resources. In line with the Governments Waste & Resources strategy, we can help you achieve the required targets for recycled content in your products.

Biffa Polymers produces a variety of recycled plastics:

  • Food-Grade fHDPE - This material is used as recycled content in manufacturing new plastic milk bottles, plastic food trays, and cosmetics containers.
  • rPET flake – this is a high-quality hot washed natural flake that can be used in the manufacture of new bottles and food trays, and in fibre manufacture.
  • Compounded Plastics - Our compounded polymer range includes polypropylene, high density polyethylene, and low density polyethylene, and is available in a wide variety of different grades and colours tailored to our customer’s requirements.
  • Regrind plastics – Our regrinds are blended and washed, and available in 2 different grades: High Density Polyethylene- HDPE Jazz Extrusion Grade and Polypropylene PP Jazz Injection Regrind.

These materials can substitute the use of virgin plastics, significantly reducing your carbon footprint. If you would like to discuss purchasing any of these recycled plastics, then please complete the enquiry form.

Plastic Bottle Recycling

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