UK sustainable waste management company Biffa has joined an initiative to recycle harder grades of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) material.

Named as Poseidon Project, the cross-industry initiative aims to show the use of chemical recycling on non-recyclable plastic.

Poseidon Plastics, Dupont Teijin Films, Alpek, GRN and O’Neills are the other members involved in the project.

Recently, the project secured £3.4m of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and is set to start early in 2021.

Biffa Resources & Energy division chief operating officer Mick Davis said: “The Poseidon Project has the potential to become a meaningful building block in expanding the UK’s recycling infrastructure, to create a more sustainable future.

“This is a great example of the circular economy in action with stakeholders from across the supply chain being involved.

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“We are also proud that this is another activity in the North East which further supports the country’s Northern Powerhouse.

“We’re delighted to be involved in this transformational project which will hopefully demonstrate a sustainable way to recycle challenging grades of PET plastic.”

As part of this project, Biffa will supply feedstock to Poseidon’s 15,000t demonstrator plant.

Earlier this year, the company unveiled the first stage of its £27.5m rPET recycling facility in Seaham. This plant can process the equivalent of 1.3bn plastic bottles each year.

Biffa also joined On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme to support its goal for a circular economy in the UK.

Poseidon Project aims to create a process to chemically recycle harder grades of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) material. Credit: Department of Environmental Protection Recycling.