Plastics recycling plant planned for Port of Sunderland – Norwegian firm says proposals would create hundreds of jobs
One hundred new long-term jobs and 200 during construction would be created if a company called Quantafuel gets the go-ahead for its proposals.
He wants to develop a 12-acre site east of the Port of Sunderland and is preparing to submit a planning application.
The plant would open in 2024, subject to planning permission, and would also involve training and apprenticeships for local people.
If approved, the facility will process low-value plastic waste that is not currently recycled in the UK. It is currently sent to landfill or incinerated. This includes soft food packaging and a variety of household and industrial plastics.
The new plant would transform plastic waste into raw materials that can be reused in the production of high-quality plastic.
The process will reduce CO2 emissions and the people of Sunderland can find out more at two walk-in events on Wednesday and Thursday next week.
Last year, Quantafuel – a specialist recycling company in Norway – announced plans to expand into the UK with a series of plastic recycling plants. The first is planned for Sunderland.
Lars Rosenløv, chief executive of Quantafuel, urged members of the public to find out more by coming to the two walk-in events. They will take place at the Chance Community Center in Rickaby Street on Wednesday March 9th and Thursday March 10th.
People can drop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on both days.
Information panels will explain Quantafuel’s plans for the plastics processing plant, and team members will be available to answer questions from the public.
The company also distributed two information leaflets to homes in the East End and Hendon areas of the city to keep people informed and ask for feedback.
Mr Rosenløv said: “We are delighted with our plans to expand across the UK and have identified an excellent site in Sunderland to develop our first factory. We were very impressed with the positive response and welcome from the Port and Sunderland City Council.
“We value our neighbors and want to work in partnership with the community to ensure local people can get involved and benefit from the plant.
“We encourage people to come to information events to learn more and meet the team.”
The plant will be designed to process around 100,000 tonnes of plastic which would come from locations in the north of England.
It would use a chemical process known as pyrolysis which breaks down plastic waste into small fragments in the absence of oxygen. The oil obtained is then used as a raw material for new products. The process is recycling. It’s not cremation.
The raw materials produced in the plant will be shipped to customers in the petrochemical industry, while the gas produced will be used to power the plant.
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