02. Nov 2017
At last week’s Plastic Industry Awards, presented at a gala extravaganza at held at the London Hilton on Park Lane, Plaxx was the delighted recipient of the Best Recycled Product award, promoted and supported by plastics recycling charity, RECOUP.
The award gives the plastics recycling industry the opportunity to demonstrate commitment to the environment and saving of resources using recycled materials. In 2017 the award’s criteria was widened to allow for products in early stages of development, designed within the UK, to qualify for entry.
The delegates to the RECOUP Plastics Recycling Conference on 28th September had voted for the winning entry through a one member one vote system, allowing the award winners to be chosen directly from industry peers.
Stuart Foster, CEO of RECOUP said “we hope that through connecting with this Award we can encourage many others to consider the business and environmental benefits of using recycled plastics in product manufacturing, and help demonstrate that plastic is a circular resource – something that is increasingly critical to the future success of this industry. Use of recycled content is an automatic requirement not a choice within a circular economy and we need to see significant progress in the use of recycled plastics in manufacturing; whether this can happen without mandatory requirements in the future is unclear.”
On collecting this national industry award, CEO at Recycling Technologies, Adrian Griffiths, said: “The global issue of plastic waste is growing year on year. Our innovative technology addresses this and chemically recycles mixed plastic waste and turns it back into the oil it came from. We call this oil Plaxx. Our goal is for Plaxx to contribute to the Circular Economy and help build recycling rates for plastic in the UK from the approximately 40% achievable by mechanical means today, up to 90%.”
Working in collaboration with industry and technology partners including UK universities, Recycling Technologies has successfully developed a chemical process, called the RT7000, to recycle what has long been considered ‘unrecyclable’ waste plastic films, pouches, trays, tubes and laminates which account for over 60% of plastic packaging. The RT7000 converts this mixed plastics waste into Plaxx, a waxy low sulphur hydrocarbon that is distilled into a suite of materials from wax to naphtha, the feedstock for new plastics manufacture. Each unit can convert approximately 7,000 tonnes waste plastic into 5,250 tonnes of Plaxx.
Image: From left to right is: From Recycling Technologies, Sophie Gilham (Commercial Assistant Manager), Adrian Haworth (Sales and Marketing Director), Jim Armstrong, RECOUP Trustee, Adrian Griffiths (CEO) and Elena Parisi (Commercial Leadership Manager).