Less than a year on from a fire that devastated AWS Eco Plastics’ plastic bottle sorting facility in Hemswell, the company is pleased to announce the results of a detailed carbon study that has been carried out over the past six months, on their operational facility.
The results show that the carbon cost of producing AWS’ food grade rPET pellet, purePET 78, for 2010 is 254kg / tonne compared to the carbon cost of producing virgin PET which currently stands at 681 kg / tonne, having only just recently been revised down from 927 kg / tonne.
This equates to a saving of 63% compared with the production of virgin material. These figures will further improve during 2011, with the carbon cost of purePET 78 dropping to 213 kg / tonne, as the plant reaches its full capacity and enjoys the associated economies of scale.
Based the current agreement to supply APPE 13,000t of purePET 78 annually, AWS will be achieving a carbon saving, during 2011, of 6,084 tonnes, the equivalent to removing over 1,700 cars from our roads on an annual basis (calculations from www.carbonify.com)
Managing Director, Jonathan Short, commented:"We are delighted to have progressed on the rebuild over the last 11 months and these calculations underline the commitment AWS have had, not only towards being fully operational once again, but also towards ensuring we are leading the way in ethical recycling and supporting our customer’s drive towards improved sustainability of resources."