Corby, England-based plastics recycler Jayplas has announced the completion of a new extrusion and printing plant, together with a new packaging division designed to build its nationwide recycling infrastructure.
The group said its new packaging division would drive greater levels of sustainability within the firm's supply chain through increased use of recycled plastics. For the first time, it will allow the company to reduce its carbon footprint by keeping all the stages of recycling — from collection to distribution — in-house and in the United Kingdom. Previously, a high percentage of plastics had been exported to Asia for reprocessing.
The new packaging division would offer organizations a range of sizes and types of recycled plastic bags — from bags-on-a-roll to Plastic Bags for Life — designed and produced in the U.K. to their own specifications as part of a closed-loop recycling process.
Jayplas said it would segregate and sort the plastic waste that is washed, reprocessed and converted to recycled pellets at plants in three U.K. locations. These pellets are then extruded into film before being converted into finished products.
The firm has also added a new blown film extrusion and printing operation which will increase packaging manufacturing capacity by 15,000 metric tons a year.
Jayplas operations director Michael Maxwell said: “Our commitment to investing in the U.K.'s recycling infrastructure and closed-loop solutions has put us at the forefront of the market, enabling us to provide a much shorter, traceable supply chain to our customers.
“As we control the whole process from collection of retailers' waste to the distribution of recycled packaging products, we can be sure that we are growing in the right way to meet the rising demand for high quality, domestically recycled plastics and packaging.”