UK must invest £7.5bn in infrastructure to deal with plastic waste
16th March 2020 | Recycling
Waste and infrastructure business Peel Environmental – part of Peel L&P – has said that the UK needs to invest over £7.5bn in infrastructure to deal with plastic waste over the next 10 years. The company has set out a vision for “Plastic Parks” across the UK which would revolutionise the way that plastic waste is currently handled, it says.
Peel says the parks would provide a “complete solution” for the 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste generated in the UK each year, preventing it ending up in landfill, exported overseas or in the ocean. With the first one planned for Peel Environmental’s Protos site in Cheshire, the Plastic Parks set out to deal with plastic waste where recycling has previously not been a viable option. They will take plastic that’s at the end of its life, maximising what can be removed for recycling, with the remaining non-recyclable plastic used to create electricity, hydrogen or other products.
Working in partnership with Waste2Tricity, Peel Environmental has thrown its support behind pioneering waste plastic to hydrogen technology that is set to “revolutionise” the waste market while kick-starting the emerging hydrogen economy in the UK. The company has signed an exclusivity agreement to deploy the PowerHouse Energy Group (AIM: PHE) technology in the UK. The first facility is set to be developed at Protos, as part of the first Plastic Park, having recently been granted planning consent.
Other technologies to feature at the Plastic Park will break plastic back into its component parts to reduce reliance on virgin fossil fuels.
Myles Kitcher, Managing Director, Peel Environmental – part of Peel L&P – said, “Infrastructure for dealing with plastic waste has been piecemeal at best and there’s a huge problem with accountability. Local authorities and businesses often have no idea that their plastics are being exported overseas where it has more chance of finding its way into the ocean.”
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