News in brief – 24/09/20

France uses 389,000 tonnes of recycled plastic

Monitoring Recyclates for Europe (MORE) has completed its first round of data collection in France and discloses for the first time the monitored volumes of recycled polymers plastics converting companies use.

In 2018, participating companies in France managed to recycle 389,000 tonnes of recycled polymers.

Recycled Injection Grade Plastic FlakesMORE was originally launched by the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) in order to keep track of the plastics industry’s efforts to reach the EU target of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers being used annually between 2025 and 2030. France is the first country to share its outcome.

Jean Martin, the Director General of Fédération de la Plasturgie, the French national plastics and composites converters association, said: “We are proud to have achieved and contributed to this MORE movement in France where companies have realized how important the use and declaration of recycled plastics are in the current situation.

“With this tool our converting industry is united in reporting volumes of all polymers and sectors and clearly on its way to register the volumes of our overall commitment of one million tonnes by the year 2025”

Bright Green Plastics develops new apprenticeships

Yorkshire-based plastic reprocessing firm Bright Green Plastics has taken on its first two apprentices as part of the firm’s mission to develop the next generation of engineers through an ongoing training scheme.

Lewis Davison, 17, and Callum Levantiz, 21, began their training on 1st September. They will be shadowing Bright Green Plastic’s current team of six experienced engineers across the full range of requirements within the business, from breakdowns and preventative maintenance to fabrication.

These two apprenticeships are part of the government’s Plan for Jobs scheme, where employers are being offered support to young people at the beginning of their careers.

Steve Spencer, managing director at Bright Green Plastics, which recycles over 40,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste each year, believes the manufacturing and reprocessing sectors must invest more in young people: “With evolving technology continuing to drive growth in the field of engineering, young people must be encouraged to join and help build a lasting legacy for UK industry, whilst driving our economy in the long term.”

INEOS and Styrolution advance plans for recycling plant in France

INEOS, Styrolution and Trinseo, global leaders in the manufacturing of polystyrene and other styrenic materials, have announced that they are advancing plans to build a pioneering polystyrene recycling plant based on depolymerisation in Wingles in the north of France.

The planned full commercial scale recycling facility will be capable of processing up to 50 tons per day of used polystyrene feedstock and is expected to be working in full capacity by mid-2023.

Earlier in the project, the depolymerisation of polystyrene proved to be an ideal recycling process showcasing polystyrene’s capability for full circularity.

The plastics-to-plastics depolymerisation technology converts polystyrene food packaging waste directly back into its original liquid monomer, which then can be repolymerised into recycled polystyrene for the same high-quality end applications, including food contact applications much like virgin polystyrene.

During the conceptual design phase two technology concepts from Agilyx and Recycling Technologies will be evaluated with regards to quality, efficiency and adaptation to different waste streams.

DS Smith make new appointments

The FTSE100 leading sustainable packaging company DS Smith has announced two new appointments to the management team for its Paper division in Europe and North America.

Giancarlo Maroto will join DS Smith as the new Cluster Director for North America and James Walker, who previously held the Cluster Director role in North America, will become Northern Europe Cluster Director.

These two roles are focused on growing DS Smith’s paper production and ensuring the delivery of high quality, high performing papers to meet changing demands in packaging and other industry sectors.

DS Smith has a total of 16 paper mills across the US and Europe, producing around five million tonnes of paper per year.

Commenting on his appointment, Giancarlo Maroto said: “I look forward to sharing my experience with the North American team and to focus on continued growth by understanding and meeting the demands of our customers.

“These demands are increasingly shifting towards more sustainable production combined with finished paper products that are innovative and high performing, whilst being easily recyclable.”

J&B Recycling wins North East business award

Independent waste management firm J&B Recycling has recently won Teesside Company of the Year at the North East Business Awards.

The award follows five years of the company investing into infrastructure, process optimisation and automation, J&B has moved from a basic low-tech operation to an industry leading high-tech facility.

Vikki Jackson-Smith, CEO of J&B Recycling, said: "This is such a great achievement and fantastic recognition for all our team who throughout our growth have shown commitment and dedication and even more so over these very challenging months".

In 2014, J&B received a £7.5 million investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF), which helped the business to accelerate its growth plans and take an innovative approach to waste management.

J&B Recycling employs 200 staff and operates from four sites across the North East, processing more than 200,000 tonnes of material each year.