Abbey Logistics Magazine Spring Edition 2021

ABBEY BEGIN RECYCLED POLYMER LOGISTICS CONTRACT WITH VIRIDOR PLC Abbey Logistics has been awarded a recycled polymer and materials handling contract by Viridor, the UK’s biggest recycling company.

W orking in partnership with more than 150 local authority and major corporate clients across the UK, Viridor has the UK’s largest network of 300+ advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities. These sites specialise in supporting manufacturers in reducing their reliance on virgin plastic and are some of the most sophisticated plastic recycling and reprocessing plants in the country. Abbey are partnering with Viridor through the logistics company’s bag-to-bulk facility on the Wirral, where Abbey take delivery and provide storage of recycled plastic flakes in one-tonne bags. The flakes are then decanted into bag- in-box shipping containers for onward distribution to Viridor’s customers throughout the UK. Abbey are handling recycled polymers from Viridor’s Polymer Recycling Facility in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, which processes plastic bottles, segregating and processing

the material further to produce deodorised HDPE compounds and clear PET flakes.

reformatting and transport to reduce costs and complexity in their supply chains. “We are delighted Viridor has chosen to partner with Abbey Logistics on this important contract and we look forward to supporting them and their customers throughout the country. “Reformatting from big bags to bulk containers has a significant impact on reducing road miles and provides Viridor’s customers with economies of scale and the ability to receive larger quantities of feedstock that enters their manufacturing processes more quickly and efficiently. “Used plastic is still a valuable resource. Viridor’s focus on recycling this material to use again in the manufacture of new plastic items keeps this resource in the economy and delivers environmental benefits by diverting products away from landfill and reducing the use of virgin plastics.”

The high quality of Viridor’s recycled polymer grades can be directly substituted for virgin material in the manufacturing of many new plastic products and packaging.

This significantly reduces waste to landfill and the

environmental impact of waste processing and manufacturing from virgin plastic. Mike Ellis, Abbey Logistics’ Business Development Director, said: “Since opening in 2018, our bag-to-bulk facility has attracted customers from across the polymers sector thanks to being close to Liverpool Port, our storage capacity and our UK- wide bulk tanker transport network. Customers are using us as a one-stop shop for


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