Ecotech London has opened a new PET recycling plant in Rainham, East London, in order to provide an eco-friendly alternative to virgin PET.
Spread over an area of around 3,716m², the £6.5m plant will be capable of processing nearly 18,000t of PET bottles annually.
The facility primarily produces A-Grade hot-washed PET flakes, which can be used in thermoforming and other high-spec applications. It has created more than 20 new jobs.
German firm STF will work in collaboration with Ecotech on the project.
STF has already supplied a full turnkey end-to-end line to Ecotech, which is considered to be the first such machine in the UK.
Ecotech chief executive Javed Mawji was quoted by Packaging News as saying: "There was a soft opening in July and now the site is fully operational.
"It has good access to motorways, a good work force and is located in an industrial park.
"We believe deploying STF’s state-of-the-art technology here in the UK will allow us to achieve that and develop a solid presence within the domestic packaging industry."
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has invested around £2.2m as a loan in the project.