VISITORS from both the UK and across Europe have been treated to an exclusive behind the scenes view of Europe’s largest bottle sorting facility, situated in Lincolnshire.
Organised by the designers of the plant, STADLER Engineering, the guests were given a guided tour of the pioneering ECO Plastics facility, experiencing one of the most technologically advanced recycling facilities in the World.
The plastic recycling facility (PRF) – the largest in Europe – opened in 2010, expanded in 2011 and now has an annual sorting capacity of 150,000 tonnes. This comprehensive recycling process results in 11 different streams of plastic recyclate, and leads to almost zero waste to landfill.
The world-leading plastics facility has recently undergone a further upgrade to increase the amount of material which can be recovered. By using its recycling and design expertise to incorporate an additional Near Infra Red Sorter, STADLER’s revised design allows for an additional three to four per cent more plastic to be recovered.
A special host at the event was Herr Willi Stadler, owner of STADLER Engineering, who travelled from Altshausen in Germany to tour the plant with the guests, and see for himself the progression of the UK’s plastics recycling sector.
Trevor Smart, Sales Engineer for STADLER UK, said, “We were delighted that ECO Plastics agreed to let us host an event at their industry-leading Lincolnshire facility. The sorting equipment in this flagship plant highlights the capability of the advancing technology used within plastics recycling and, as the designers of the well-known PRF, we were thrilled to be able to give a guided tour of the facility not only to our customers, but also to the owner of STADLER Engineering, Mr Willi Stadler.”