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Axion adds capacity at Manchester recycling plant

Axion Polymers has made further investments in its Manchester plastics recycling facility to improve waste processing capacity.

In addition, the company has increased the extrusion potential for its 100% recycled polymer grades.

Looking at the recycling facility, additional equipment has been installed at the Shredder Waste Advanced Processing plant (SWAPP) in Trafford Park. This has ‘de=bottlenecked’ throughput of waste material. As a result, capacity has improved by 30%.

Materials currently being reprocessed are sourced from vehicle shredders and end-of-life vehicles, together with waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE). These are processed into Axpoly PP and ABS grades.

The increased processing capacity has resulted in a 20% increase in recycled polymer production, supporting additional reprocessing volumes.

Operated jointly with S Norton, one of the UK’s leading ferrous and non-ferrous metal recyclers, the SWAPP facility has an annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes. The process sees separation of non-metallic fractions (ASR or shredder ‘fluff’) from the equivalent of about 80,000 cars per year.

Judith Clayman, GM at Axion, said: “[The team] all pulled together to design and install the plant modifications as efficiently as possible and I am very pleased with the result.”

The plant supports a 95% recycling recovery rate for cars to create a circular economy model for automotive materials.

Recycled Axpoly polymer can be used as a direct replacement for virgin material, or combined with virgin as necessary.

Publication date: 12/08/2019

Plastic News Europe -Recycling

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