Trading Polymers – Recycled Polymers

We have a significant share of the UK recovered plastic market, supplying high quality recycled plastic to buyers within the UK and Europe.

Recycled plastics consume at least 50% less energy; conserving natural resources versus crude oil and reduces waste to landfill and the environmental impact of waste processing and manufacture from virgin materials.

Viridor in the recycled polymer market

We operate a fleet of material recycling facilities (MRFs) across the UK that supply recycled materials within the UK and export to Europe and the rest of the world. These MRFs process comingled materials, primarily from local councils; using advanced technology to separate infeed into high quality individual material streams. The MRFs produce between 1,000 and 14,000 tonnes of plastic material every year depending on the size of the facility.

Our MRFs supply plastic feedstock to two dedicated recycling facilities. Our award-winning plastic recycling facility in Rochester, Kent, is one of the most sophisticated of its kind in the UK and winner of the ‘Lets Recycle’ Award for Excellence for ‘Best Design of a Waste Facility’. The facility separates plastics by polymer type including: PET, HDPE and PP pots, tubs and trays.

In addition, our Polymer Recycling Facility in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, processes high-quality plastic bottles, segregating and processing the material further to produce deodorised HDPE compounds and Clear PET flakes. These polymer grades are of the highest quality and can be directly substituted for virgin material in the manufacturing of many new plastic products and packaging.

We have exported recycled baled plastic for over 10 years. We value the manufacturers and Brand Owners we supply directly and through our network of accredited Agents who understand the products and the needs of our customers.

Our recycling strategy is simple: Quality, Quality, Quality

Quality control underpins what we do. Viridor Polymer Recycling is an ISO9001 accredited facility with 24/7 laboratory testing on site to ensure each load leaving the site meets the highest quality specifications.

Quality control underpins what we do. Our manufacturing operations generate quality recycled commodities meeting recognised industry standards. All of our facilities are ISO 9001 accredited reflecting our commitment to excellence and continuous improvement. When exporting products to the Chinese market we work closely with CICC for the inspection of goods and the issuance of certificates.

There is a collaborative willingness within Viridor to address and standardise Quality Systems/Procedures that will ensure a single approach to Quality. We have a dedicated Quality Team to draft, enhance procedures and Data collation, to ensure that if challenged we have robust singular governance in place to defend any Commercially or Regulatory challenge.  Working across multiple streams and disciplines we endeavour to draft and enhance systems to meet current requirements but to also future proof to ensure systems evolve with the Market demands.

2200000 Tonnes
UK plastic packaging
38 %
10 + Years