Continuum Recycling, the joint venture between Eco Plastics and Coca-Cola Enterprises, has won the Partnership Awards at the recently-held Green Business Awards.
The two companies had teamed up to create a £15m plastics recycling plant in Hemswell, Lincolnshire, which opened earlier this year.
The plant, said to be the world's largest and most sophisticated plastics recycling facility, will be capable of processing 150,000 tonnes of mixed plastics a year, including 40,000 tonnes of bottle-grade rPET.
It would ensure Coca-Cola Enterprises met its commitment to incorporate 25% of recycled PET in all its plastic drinks bottles by the end of this year, the company said at the time.
Speaking about the award Jonathan Short, Eco Plastics’ managing director said it was one of the most prestigious in the environmental sector, “so we are honoured to have been recognised.
“It’s fantastic to see the industry acknowledge the dedication and hard work put into this project. UK sustainable packaging has huge growth potential and we hope Continuum will provide a blueprint for similar projects in this sector.”
Patrick McGuirk, recycling director at Coca-Cola Enterprises, said he was delighted to accept the accolade alongside Eco Plastics.
“Continuum Recycling is a first for the industry and the award underlines the significant achievement in bringing this initiative together.
“At Coca-Cola Enterprises we are serious about setting the industry standard for sustainable packaging, and Continuum represents a crucial part of our ongoing efforts to build a low-carbon, zero waste business here in the UK."