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New plastics plant for Rochdale recycler

A recycling firm on a mission to encourage businesses to recycle more of their plastic waste at home in the UK is expanding into a brand new facility in Rochdale.

A recycling firm on a mission to encourage businesses to recycle more of their plastic waste at home in the UK is expanding into a brand new facility in Rochdale. 

MB Recycling Ltd is moving its operations into a new 6,500 square feet plant in Heywood, Rochdale, which will allow it to recycle 4,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial plastic waste a year.

Managing director Maxine Brown started the company after being made redundant, and in four years has grown it to a £600,000 turnover business.

Avoiding exports

“In the early days, I quickly found the same message was going around - either send the waste to landfill or export to China. Both of these options seemed to go against the grain, environmentally”, she said.

“I had a brainwave and thought about setting up a recycling plant to encourage firms to keep everything in the UK instead of exporting, which has the added bonus of reducing our carbon footprint. This is especially important now as China is clamping down on the imports of waste plastic, so more than ever is being sent to landfill.”

‘Word is spreading’

The company received help from the Business Growth Hub and Oldham-based finance firm PMD to support its expansion, which has been complemented by three new staff.

“Recycling is a passion of mine. Huge savings can easily be made for companies when you consider it costs around £100 to send a tonne of waste plastic to landfill”, Maxine added.

“But it isn’t just the cost implications, it’s better for the UK to keep it here. I’ve definitely seen a change in the perceptions of recycling over the years – word is spreading.”

Plastic waste continues to be high on the public agenda, with one expert comparing it to the ‘dieselgate’ crisis in the car industry.