Viridor and Unilever agree five-year contract for recycled plastic

Recycling and Waste Management company, Viridor, and transnational consumer goods company Unilever, have agreed a new five-year contract whereby Viridor will provide Unilever with recycled plastic from its £65-million Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre near Bristol.

The Avonmouth recovery centre, which was secured by Viridor in June, is the UK’s largest multi-polymer plastic recycling plant and is predicted to produce 63,000 tonnes per annum of high-quality recycled PET, HDPE and PP by its third year.

Viridor and Unilever are founding members of the UK Plastics Pact, and both companies are committed to reducing their carbon footprints. In September, Viridor announced that from 2020 it will be processing all of its plastic waste domestically, and last month Unilever pledged to halve its use of virgin plastic by 2025.

Commenting on the new agreement, Viridor’s Resource Management Managing Director, Keith Trower, said: “This contract recognises the relationship between UK Plastics Pact partners and how such collaboration is vital if we are to achieve closed loop recycling solutions and achieve the Pact’s goals of 30 per cent average recycled content across all plastic packaging by 2025.”