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$45M recycling plant opens in NSW

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The nation’s largest PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling plant, capable of processing one billion plastic bottles each year has opened in Albury, New South Wales.

The project was developed by the Circular Plastics Australia joint venture between Pact Group Holdings Ltd, Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd, Asahi Beverages and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners.

The $45 million plant in Albury-Wodonga helping to build a domestic circular economy, along with increasing the amount of locally sourced and recycled PET in Australia from around 30,000 tonnes to over 50,000 tonnes per annum.

On top of the huge environmental benefits from recycling the equivalent of 1 billion plastic bottles each year, the project is expected to support more than 200 local jobs during construction and more than 40 local jobs during operation.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the plant represented a massive step forward in ensuring end to end recycling by using materials sourced and remanufactured in Australia.

“Often the domestic manufacture of drink bottles has involved importing recycled plastic that has been recycled and processed overseas,” she said.

“This is a ‘bottle to bottle’ process that sees industry and government working together to help our environment and economy by fully remanufacturing on shore.”

The installation of specialised equipment for the production of high-quality recycled plastics suitable for use in food and beverage packaging was supported by the New South Wales Government’s Remanufacture NSW grant program.

This program provides co-funding for waste and recycling infrastructure to support the resource recovery industry to respond to Australia’s waste export ban.

 

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