Plastic recycler leading the world

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Business secretary Vince Cable yesterday visited a Worksop recycling business that leads the world in recovering plastic from cars and other big items.

MBA Polymers’ Worksop factory, which opened in 2010, is the largest and most advanced in the group, which includes plants in China and Austria.

It focuses on recovering plastics and rubber from “shredder residue” - byproducts from shredding - and recovering metal from cars and appliances.

Nearly 2 million cars are removed from UK roads every year and about 15 per cent of each one is plastic.

MBA chief executive, Nigel Hunton, said: “We are delighted Dr Cable has taken time out of a busy schedule to visit our facility.

“Having increased throughput rapidly in 2014 we’re now working hard with customers to realise some of the commercial and environmental benefits of using recycled plastics in their end products.”

The Worksop plant has a capacity of more than 50,000 metric tons per year and employs 150. It is a joint venture with EMR (European Metal Recycling) which supplies its post-consumer waste.