Recycling firm aims to support DRS scheme in the North West

UK recycling firm Advanced Sustainable Developments North West (ASD) is hoping to contribute to creating a circular economy in the North West of England by bringing innovative recycling methods to the region, including an advanced Deposit Return Scheme.

Recognising the North West’s commitment to a low carbon economy, ASD has strategically chosen Cheshire and Warrington as a location for their green vision, implementing proven technology in recycling PET plastic into food-grade materials.

The plant will apparently use innovative technology to recycle PET plastic with a vision to ultimately work along the entire journey of plastic bottle and food handling packaging – from the distribution centre, to the stores, to the consumer’s hand, and in the disposal and ultimately the return of this material to the firm’s processing facilities.

ASD aims to bring its own Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) to the region, called “Recycle Exchange” – and this will be encouraging the people of the North West to recycle and become engaged with the process providing the ability to track their own waste through the exchange. An App that allows consumers to obtain either monetary reward for depositing their plastic bottles or donating an amount to a local charity, will be developed.

Philip Cox, Chief Executive of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership said “Cheshire and Warrington has a compelling offer with significant industry already located here, and the research and business expertise to support a shared ambition to become the number one location for clean growth. Our Enterprise Zone is geared up to support businesses that might locate there, with incentives available as well as a range of additional support services to make locating in Cheshire and Warrington easy. The LEP and our partners will always work with businesses to provide the right support that meets the needs of a business.”

Ahmed Detta, CEO of ASD believes the region will benefit significantly from PET recycling facilities and welcomes the initial discussions:

“Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership are working with us to help our investment at Protos, demonstrating a shared vision to develop a greener and more sustainable region. These shared goals will transform the way we recycle in the region – using a circular economy to make single-use plastic a thing of the past. These shared goals will transform the way we recycle in the region – using a circular economy to make single-use plastic a thing of the past.”

ASD North West says it hopes this world class sustainable plastic recycling facilities will be operational later this year with plans to expand across the UK next year.

The site where ASD hopes to be based is Protos within the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone. The site, located on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal is run by specialist UK logistics and industrial property business, Peel Logistics Property.