New advanced plastics recycling facility in Kent


RECYCLING company Viridor welcomed The Mayor of Medway Councillor Barry Kemp to its new Plastics Recycling Facility (PRF) in Rochester on 7 November. The £12.5 million facility will help local councils and businesses to recycle more of their plastic ‘waste’ into quality raw materials for industry.
The project was constructed in conjunction with Stadler UK. Using some of the most advanced materials sorting technology available, the facility is capable of processing 75,000 tonnes of mixed plastics each year into segregated plastic grades ready to be reprocessed into secondary raw materials for use in the manufacture of a variety of packaging and other products. It will be able to separate up to 10,000 tonnes of glass from combined input streams every year. The facility is unique in its ability to recover mixed plastics as well as commingled glass and cans through its unique combination of sorting technology. By accepting a broader range of materials in, it can create more quality materials going out. Having a combination of separation facilities will allow three quarters of its post-consumer plastics to be fully recycled within the EU.