On Wednesday 18 July we took our first load of plastic waste containing 700 empty plastic buckets, which contained resin used for jointing on our contract with Northern Powergrid, to plastic recycling plant Imerys in Castleford. The load weighed 340kg in total.
Imerys currently process around 3,500 tonnes of plastic waste from local waste facilities and businesses. The company shreds the waste into small pellets which are then processed into new goods such as plastic pipes, waste bins, flower pots and dashboards for cars.
Freedom’s Environmental Sustainability Manager, Katerina Robinson, said: “The scheme is a great example of how Freedom is leading the way in plastic waste recycling. A special thank you to our Surveyor, Graham Clift, and Civils Operatives, Jay Fidler and Robert Stancil, along with other colleagues at our Normanton depot, who helped segregate and store the plastic waste so it could be shredded and recycled into new products in the UK rather than shipped to India, avoiding unnecessary transport of material.”
Freedom’s plastic waste recycling scheme supports one of its six priority goals – climate action: achieving zero municipal waste to landfill – in its recently published Sustainability Report.