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Axion Polymers wins Environmental Award for carbon reduction


Source: Axion Group

Axion Polymers has won the coveted Chemicals Northwest Environmental Technology for the Chemical Industry Award for commitment to reducing its carbon impact on the environment and providing sustainable recycled high quality plastics products with a long-term future.

The award recognises efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of chemical manufacturing through the development or use of innovative clean technology or products. Chemicals Northwest is a not-for-profit organisation jointly funded by the NWDA which supports the region’s chemical industry

Axion, a leading Salford-based plastics recycler, has developed a unique and novel sorting, separation and refining process to convert a range of waste plastics, both from the WEEE sector and retail packaging waste, into very high grade polymers. It is in the final audit stage of gaining the Carbon Trust’s carbon label for its Axpoly product range - Axpoly PS13, derived from retail packaging waste, will be the first.

“We’re absolutely delighted and honoured to win this prestigious award which helps to highlight Axion’s commitment to the delivery of low carbon polymers and ultimately a sustainable future for all,” said Simon Wilkinson, Axion’s Senior Chemical Engineer, who is leading the firm’s carbon reduction project.

“It helps to raise our profile further in attracting the brightest academic talent from the region’s universities to advance their careers with us.  It also underlines our commercial success with manufacturers and retailers incorporating recycled plastics that consumers would choose to buy.”

Simon received the trophy from Rebecca Turner, Envirolink Northwest’s Head of Knowledge Management, who said: “We are delighted that Axion Polymers has won the Environmental Technology Award, which is testament to their commitment to developing solutions that support environmental and financial benefits for their customers.”

Axion’s submission highlighted several case studies of ‘real-life’ examples of closed-loop recycling of plastics reclaimed from waste consumer goods, such as Axpoly PS02 made from end-of-life TV sets being used to make back-panels for new flat-screen display panels by a world-class brand leader and Axpoly PS01 made from recycled fridge plastic being used to make injection moulded parts for Indesit washing machines.

For these applications, the alternative material would be a virgin polymer made from petrochemical processing. Recycling waste plastic materials using a low carbon impact process is considered to be much better for the environment than converting a non-renewable resource in a large scale, energy-intensive oil refinery.

Axion Polymers is part of the Axion Group that develops and operates innovative resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials. The Group works with a wide range of clients within the recycling and process industries on the practical development of new processing and collection methods. For more information, contact Axion Polymers on 0161 737 6124 or visit the website -

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