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.

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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.

"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.