Closed Loop London was launched in 2004 in response to the levels of waste generation, diminishing landfill space and lack of a food grade plastics recycling plant in the UK.
Closed Loop London offers recyclable packaging solutions to many different companies and organisations including, Marks & Spencer. The Food to Go range, available in Marks & Spencer stores, has been labelled with the Closed Loop Recycling logo and is accompanied by consumer education materials and Closed Loop London recycling bins at the entrance of selected branches.
Discovering London Thames Gateway
Gateway to London was introduced to Visy Closed Loop through Foreign Direct Investment partner, Think London.
The Closed Loop London plant was to be the first facility in the UK to produce both food grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE). After conducting a number of exhaustive site searches within the east London area, Closed Loop London liaised with key organisations including: London Remade, LDA, WRAP, LCCA, and London First to leverage support. Closed Loop London consulted Gateway to London on investment grant applications, and undertook brokered discussions with potential power suppliers.
Closed Loop London was introduced to Dagenham Dock - a new sustainable industrial park tipped to become a key regional hub for environmental firms. Dagenham Dock is in the heart of London Thames Gateway, a region that offers the largest resource recovery and supply chain opportunity in the UK. This offered a location that was close to London with a wide range of property types and tenures.
Closing the loop by creating a solution for 35,000 tonnes of packaging
Based on its successful Australian model, Closed Loop London will be using licensed state-of-the-art technology to turn bottles and food packaging into a high quality PET suitable for remanufacture into food packaging applications.
Closing the loop, it will be possible for waste from consumers living in London Thames Gateway to be sorted into waste types at the local Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Rainham, and then processed, down the road, at the Dagenham Dock Closed Loop London plant. From here it can then be sold to a local packaging manufacturer to be turned into new packaging.
Chris Dow, Managing Director of Closed Loop London, said: 'Locating our first facility within the Thames Gateway was a strategic decision. The Closed Loop plastics reprocessing plant provides a local solution for a local problem. The significant volume of waste generated from within, and around, the Greater London region will supply the facility with input material and the proximity of end users for the output material will ensure we are able to deliver a sustainable and responsible recycling solution. This means post consumer waste needn't be shipped off shore for further processing, reduces UK manufacturers' reliance on virgin raw material and reduces the transportation mileage of post consumer waste and recycled resin.'
High quality PET already has a considerable market demand. Many food and beverage packaging companies throughout the world, including Coca Cola, use 30 per cent or more of exactly the same recycled PET as this facility will produce.
The plant, funded with �12 million joint private and public sector funding, will transform the recycling of PET in the UK, turning millions of water, soft drinks and cosmetics bottles back into new food packaging each year. The project secured planning consent in March 2007 and the facility which will employ 50 people, is under construction and due to open early this year.
Closed Loop London has now announced a landmark deal that will see it provide food grade recycled HDPE to one of Europe's largest bottle producers from its new London Thames Gateway site. The contract with Nampak Plastics Europe will see 6,000 tonnes of rHDPE supplied through Closed Loop London's new plant in Dagenham.
Aman Dalvi, Chief Executive of Gateway to London concluded: 'With a range of sites available, particularly at Dagenham Dock, and a growing hub of companies operating in this field, London Thames Gateway is emerging as a leading UK location for environmental and recycling industries. We are very excited about the opening of Closed Loop London's Dagenham Dock plant this Spring.'