In total, Viridor Avonmouth will put 60,000 tonnes of recycled polymer from bottles, pots, tubs and trays back in the economy annually as a viable and quality alternative to virgin polymer, including 18,000 tonnes of food-grade PET.
With TOMRA’s equipment in place, Viridor is achieving a constant purity level of >99% across all target fractions, resulting in Viridor securing new end customers in UK and Europe, including companies whose quality requirements for food-grade PET are particularly high.
Miguel Rosa, Viridor’s Technical Manager for Polymers, comments: “When designing our new Avonmouth PRF we wanted a technology provider that could supply us with best-in-class equipment that optimises the plant’s performance and futureproofs our business. Based on our previous experience of TOMRA’s equipment and technology, we were entirely confident that TOMRA was the right technology partner for the plant. Now we’re not only able to meet current demand for food-grade plastics, but, thanks to the flexibility of the technology, we’re also able to adapt as new requirements for food-grade polymers are introduced.”
Viridor has also chosen to invest in a new AUTOSORT™ FLAKE unit at its 10,000tpa Skelmersdale polymer recycling and reprocessing facility. The investment in the new flake sorting unit comes in response to rising market demand for higher quality PET as Miguel Rosa explains: “The new flake sorter is a fantastic addition which enhances our sorting capability at our Skelmersdale facility and increases the quality of our PET material to the standards required by our customers.”