British plastics recycler Jayplas has completed the installation of a new extrusion and printing plant, in addition to creating a new packaging division.

These investments form part of the company’s strategy to grow its nationwide recycling infrastructure.

Jayplas operating director Micheal Maxwell said: "Our commitment to investing in the UK’s recycling infrastructure and closed-loop solutions has put us at the forefront of the market, enabling us to provide a much shorter, traceable supply chain to our customers.

"The plastic packaging products to be processed will offer a closed-loop solution by turning plastic waste into different retailer packaging products."

"As we control the whole process from collection of retailers’ waste to the distribution of recycled packaging products, we can be sure that we are growing in the right way to meet the rising demand for high-quality, domestically recycled plastics and packaging."

Spread over an area of around 200,000ft², the production site houses a new LDPE wash plant, which recently installed an Erema 212 to increase the company’s output of recycled plastic granules by 20,000t.

The company said that the new packaging division will allow it to reduce its carbon footprint by keeping all the stages of recycling, from collection to distribution, in-house and in the UK. Previously, a high percentage of plastics used to be exported to Asia for reprocessing.

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The plastic packaging products to be processed will offer a closed-loop solution by turning plastic waste into different retailer packaging products.

Jayplas segregates and sorts the plastic waste that is washed, reprocessed and converted to recycled pellets at state-of-the-art plants in its UK locations as part of the process. These pellets are then extruded into film before being converted into finished products as part of a total UK-based process.