ASD to bring a solution to plastic waste in the North West of England ASD hopes to create 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 have strategically chosen Cheshire and Warrington as a location for their green vision, implementing proven technology in recycling PET plastic into food-grade materials.

The site where ASD hope 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.

The plant will use innovative technology to recycle PET plastic with a vision to ultimately work along the entire journey of a plastic bottle and food handling packaging – from the distribution centre, to the stores, in the consumers hand, the disposal and ultimately the return of this material to our own processing facilities. ASD aim to bring their own Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) to the region with Recycle Exchange – 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.

Cheshire and Warrington is a UK leader in energy production technologies, with an ambition to make the region the UK’s first zero carbon industrial zone. 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.”