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Erema supplies £1.25m machine to UK recycling plant

10. September 2007

Waste Exchange Services (WES), a recycler of post-consumer rigid and flexible plastics, is building a food-grade, bottle-to-bottle HDPE recycling plant at its Redcar, Teeside site.

The firm said the new 10,000 tonnes per annum facility would be a world first and would include a £1.25m Vacurema machine from plastics recycling machinery and systems designer Erema , based in Linz, Austria.

The Vacurema machine features a "super-clean" recycling process to convert HDPE bottles into technical and bottle-grade compounds.

WES managing director James Donaldson, a chemical engineer, said the Vacurema was capable of removing smells and impurities that have migrated into the plastic.

"You might get a milk bottle that someone has used for pesticides and the normal washing process would not be able to clean away such contaminants," he said.

"The Vacurema uses heat and vacuum extraction to ensure that the recycled material meets food contact standards. Our aim is to make a compound that will go back into milk bottles."

WES will take delivery of the 1,500kg per hour Vacurema in January or February 2008.

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