Waste management services provider Biffa Polymers has invested £7 million ($9m) into a new recycling line at its Redcar plant in Cleveland, UK, that will double its output of food grade rHDPE.

The installation of a second line will drive rHDPE capacity from 9,000 tonnes to 18,000 tonnes. The material is used to make milk bottles and food trays.

Officially opened by chief executive Ian Wakelin in March, the line will create 20 new jobs for the region as well as providing extra capacity for plastics recycling.

Wakelin said: “The creation of a new rHDPE line at our Redcar plant will put capacity back into the market to meet the growing demand that we are seeing, which is particularly important given events in the plastics recycling industry. Enabling us to double our output, this investment in our facilities and the additional infrastructure it provides will also mean that more discarded plastics generated by UK households can be processed here in the UK rather than being sent abroad for processing.”

Chris Hanlon, commercial director at Biffa Polymers, added: “The new line is a real boost to our leading industry position in plastics recycling, here in the UK.  The investment is also great news for the region, creating a significant number of jobs for local people.”