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A Scottish recycling company has been awarded more than £3m to build a new plant to recycle plastics.

Recycling Technologies is planning to build the new chemical recycling plant in Perth, which will be able to recycle a wide range of plastics that cannot be recycled by conventional methods.

The plant will use thermal cracking to recycle mixed plastic waste and produce hydrocarbon oil. This oil can be used to replace crude oil during the plastics production process.

Recycling Technologies has been awarded £3.2m of investment from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) towards the project.

The new plant is being build in partnership with Neste Corporation and Unilever.

Adrian Griffiths, Founder and CEO at Recycling Technologies said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from UKRI to move the UK to the forefront of the next generation of plastic recycling systems. Our collaboration with Neste will allow us to refine and improve our technology to produce valuable feedstock from waste plastic that can be incorporated into the petrochemicals industry supply chain to increase the content of recycled plastic in new plastic production.

“Our work with Unilever will identify hard to recycle plastics from current mechanical recyclers and how to evolve their design construction to improve their recyclability, ensuring compatibility with Recycling Technologies’ chemical recycling process, for incorporation into new packaging.”

UKRI is investing a total of £20m in four cutting edge recycling plants, including Recycling Technologies plant in Perth.

The other companies receiving funding to build plants are ReNew ELP, Poseidon Plastics, and Veolia.

The investment comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, along with over £65m of industry investment. It represents the largest investment the UK has made in plastic packaging recycling technologies.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “The Government is committed to both clamping down on the unacceptable plastic waste that harms our environment and ensuring more materials can be reused instead of being thrown away.

“By investing in these truly ground-breaking technologies we will help to drive these efforts even further, and I look forward to seeing them develop and deliver real results.”

Recycling Technologies' plant in Swindon

Recycling Technologies’ plant in Swindon

The funding forms part of the UKRI’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging challenge, which aims to increase the amount of recyclable plastic packaging.

Paul Davidson, challenge director of the SSPP challenge, said: “To help protect the planet from waste pollution it is critical that plastics are more readily recycled and sustainable. The plastic packaging industry is changing, to become more responsive to our environmentally conscious concerns.

“The work of our four demonstrator winners will go a long way to reinstate plastic as a sustainable packaging choice. In particular, our winners demonstrated they have a lifecycle approach to plastics packaging, thinking through the use of a material from its raw state, through to its transport, its use by consumers and its disposal.

“This funding is just the start and we are planning further competitions in the near future.”

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