Specialist PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycler, Enviroo has had its planning application approved for its first plastic recycling facility in the UK. The facility will be able to re-use 100% of the PET it takes in and help recycle some of the 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste created in the UK annually.
The successful application means the plastic recycling facility will be operational in Summer 2022 at Peel NRE’s 54-hectare strategic energy and resource hub, Protos, near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. The facility will take PET – the main material used for food and drinks packaging such as plastic bottles and certain food packaging – and convert it into the raw material for new food-grade packaging. It will see an investment of around £20 million into the local economy and create 50 new, permanent jobs.
Enviroo will use proven technology to sort and wash the waste, before creating r-PET (recycled -PET) pellets that can be used by packaging manufacturers to create new packaging products. This technology is able to re-use 100% of the PET it takes in. This will become increasingly important from this time next year, when a new law will see any packaging that contains less than 30% recycled PET taxed. Some manufacturers have gone further, pledging to include up to 50% recycled material in their packaging under the UK Plastics Pact. The facility will therefore help to meet growing UK demand for recycled PET.
Ahmed Detta, CEO & Founder of Enviroo, said:
“We are delighted to have our planning application approved. After a positive consultation with the community, we now look forward to being able to get down to business and deal with plastic waste here on our shores and importantly help to create a greener North West. Our first facility will hopefully be one of many as Enviroo look to provide a solution for packaging manufacturers who are preparing for the upcoming plastic tax legislation. Our facilities will provide the recycled PET manufacturers need in their products, while reducing the amount of virgin plastic.”
Enviroo’s first facility is at the £165m Plastic Park at Protos, which will cluster together plastic recycling and recovery technologies to create value from plastic waste, helping to avoid it ending up in landfill, exported overseas or in our oceans.
Jayne Hennessy, Development Manager at Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P said:
“Less than one third of all plastic waste in the UK is recycled. We are creating the UK’s first Plastic Park at Protos which will increase recycling rates, reducing landfill and the export of waste. This will be done by clustering together different technologies, including Enviroo’s PET recycling facility and the plastic to hydrogen facility also consented at Protos. We will be able to use technology and improved infrastructure to process many types of plastics collected by local authorities. Hopefully giving them the confidence to collect a wider range of plastic in the future”.
The successful application was led and submitted by leading planning and environmental consultancy AXIS.
Andrew Russell, Director at AXIS said:
“We’re delighted to have secured the planning consent for this groundbreaking development, which will help reduce the levels of plastic waste generated in the UK each year. The North West is really leading the way in enabling the UK to meet our climate change obligations as part of achieving NetZero by 2050.”
Enviroo is a specialist plastics recycler able to completely recycle PET (Polyethylene terephthalate), the main material used for food and beverage packaging, such as plastic bottles. We can recycle 100% of PET helping to divert it from landfill or ending up in ocean.
Enviroo is transforming the PET plastics recycling industry through innovative recycling practises built on the ethos to create a transparent and sustainable circular economy. Enviroo sets up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV’s) to construct and commission for production and ongoing operations, high impact PET plastics recycling facilities with the first plant in the North West with hopes to expand across the UK.
Enviroo recognises that there must be consciousness and a reimagination of the recycling industry if we are to change our relationship with plastics. Enviroo have developed intelligent recycling initiatives that will ultimately bring consumers, governments and operators to work towards a common goal, harnessed with full transparency of the recycling process.
For further information visit www.enviroo.co.uk
About Peel NRE – Re-energising Natural Resources
Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, is at the heart of the nation’s activity around clean growth and the circular economy – helping the UK achieve net zero by 2050 and supporting regions in their actions to achieve climate emergency targets.
We reuse, repurpose and re-energise natural resources to develop and maintain vital infrastructure across the UK and are experts in renewable energies, district heating, waste to value, water management, materials management and electric vehicle charging.
Our Protos Cheshire energy and resource hub leads the way in low carbon energy and waste management with the deployment of innovative technologies including the UK’s first plastic-to-hydrogen facility, a 50MW windfarm, a 26MW biomass plant, a 49MW energy from waste plant in construction and a plastic park blueprint to revolutionise plastic recycling nationwide.
In Liverpool, our Mersey Heat energy service company (ESCO) is delivering a low carbon district heat network for up to 9,000 homes and 4million sq ft of commercial space at our Liverpool Waters development.
About Peel NRE and Protos
Peel NRE owns and develops waste and energy infrastructure projects. It has achieved consent for a range of schemes including a 49MW Energy from Waste plant at Protos in Cheshire, 29MW Energy from Waste plant at Kellingley, North Yorkshire, 250,000tpa AD and MRF in Glasgow; and a 20MW Energy Centre at Houghton Main, Barnsley. Peel NRE works with investors, waste management companies, technology providers and contractors to secure a deliverable and fundable business
model for each project. www.peellandp.co.uk/peelnre
Peel NRE brought forward and consented the Protos development, previously known as Ince Resource Recovery Park. The 54ha (134 acres) development site has full outline planning consent and part detailed planning consent for general manufacturing and distribution uses (B2 & B8), as well as a biomass facility and an Energy from Waste facility. www.protos.co.uk @ThisIsProtos
AXIS is an award-winning planning and environmental consultancy, providing planning support for a range of development projects. AXIS has a demonstrable track record in the delivery of schemes across a broad spread of sectors and offers a team of professionals whose skills embrace the core disciplines associated with development planning, environmental impact assessment, landscape & urban design and transportation. AXIS is managed in four key technical disciplines: Planning Services, Transportation Planning Services, Environmental Services, and Design Services. AXIS is based in Chester and Wilmslow.