French transnational waste, water and energy management company Veolia has invested a further £1m in its Dagenham Plastic Recycling centre in London, UK in response to increasing demands.

Veolia has delivered a new processing kit and granulator and upgraded the washing process. The company said that this has enabled a 20% increase in food grade production.

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Veolia’s investment comes just over one year since The UK Plastic Pact was launched. The company also recently set a London Marathon 2019 clean-up plastic recycling record and launched a partnership with Nestlé to develop new methods for collecting and recycling plastic materials.

Veolia chief technology and innovation officer Richard Kirkman said: “The UK Plastics Pact has given a boost to the industry that was needed to make plastic recycling a reality. Since the launch, we have seen demand increase and so we had to ensure our site was working efficiently to meet demand.

“This is an opportunity for an industry that is getting bad press to become sustainable and this investment shows our commitment to make this a reality.

“It will help to increase the amount the UK recycles and encourage recyclable materials and designs for products, and discourage the use of harder to recycle options such as black plastic and polystyrene yoghurt pots.

“We still have a long way to go to 2025 but it’s extremely positive. Recycling is a chain of events from manufacturer, consumer to recycler, and we need each part of the chain to make changes to have successful sustainable results.”