- Swindon-based Recycling Technologies has created the RT7000 machine
- Machine uses pyrolysis, which heats waste in an oxygen-free environment
- Breaks up plastic’s molecular structure, which creates a wax for new products
- A trial is being ran in the South West for tesco customers to bring in plastics
Cling film and other hard to degrade plastics could be recycled thanks to a machine being built in Britain.
It can transform plastic film into oil – the raw material for plastic – and also works on plastic pouches and crisp packets.
The machine – the RT7000 – works by a technique called pyrolysis, which heats waste in an oxygen-free environment.
This breaks up the plastic’s molecular structure into small pieces, which creates a wax that can be used for new products.
The machine is made by Swindon-based Recycling Technologies, which has sold it to a local authority in Scotland and hopes to sell more in the UK.
It is running a trial with ten Tesco stores in the South West, where shoppers can bring in films, bags and wrappers, for recycling.
Bronwen Jameson, the company’s head of communications, said: ‘We [do] it at a pre-production scale here in Swindon.
‘We plan our first commercial plant in Scotland next year. It’s transportable and we build it for installation around the world.’
The company plans a second production line in the Far East.
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