New name reflects firm’s ‘leadership’ in plastics recycling

BERRY Global has announced that its Plasgran plastics recycling operation in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, is to be renamed as Berry Circular Polymers, alongside the company’s soon-to-be-opened recycling facility at Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.

The new name is said to reflect Berry’s ‘leadership in recycling and the development and securing of circular polymers’. The business said the decision will support the move towards a circular and net zero economy, for which Berry has already targeted achieving 30% circular plastic use across its fast-moving consumer goods packaging by 2030.

Established in 1999, Plasgran is a recycler of rigid plastics. The company compounds and regrinds for customers across the UK and Europe, creating custom formulations, such as colour matching or improved impact strength.

The Leamington Spa facility, which is due to open later this year, will utilise Berry’s CleanStream technology, described as the world’s first closed-loop system to mechanically process domestically recovered household waste polypropylene (PP) back into food-grade packaging.

CleanStream has been granted a Letter of No Objection (LNO) from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This confirms the post-consumer recycled (PCR) PP produced by the process can be used in levels up to 100% recycled content for food contact applications.

“The launch of Berry Circular Polymers brings together our advanced rigid plastics recycling facilities,” said MD Jeremy Blake. “Our technical expertise and experience will enable us to deliver recycled material of high quality and consistency to support our customers’ drive for sustainable solutions.”