Our recycled plastic polymers are of comparable quality to virgin alternatives thanks to our processes

Plastic recycling process

Enva's investment in its plastic recycling facilities has been extensive, doubling our capacity and creating one of the UK’s largest and most advanced plastic recycling facilities in the UK. As well as our flagship recycling facilities in Bourne, we also collect and recycle lower grade household and commercial plastic wastes at facilities in the East Midlands and Glasgow in Scotland.

Certain types of FMCG plastics are often more difficult to recycle back into polymers but, where possible, they are used in the production of an energy source for furnaces and kilns called SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel) or RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel).

Enva’s best-in-class dedicated plastic and small mixed WEEE recycling facility in Bourne, Derbyshire is one of the largest dedicated small mixed WEEE facilities in the UK. Split across two adjacent sites, that firstly take in, sort and process waste plastics including WEEE. Then secondly, convert this waste plastic into high quality compounds namely, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Polypropylene (PP) and Polystyrene (PS) for use in the manufacture of new plastic products and components as a comparable, yet cost effective, alternative to virgin plastic.

The prime feedstock is SDA (Small Domestic Appliance) that is sorted, shredded, washed, separated and extruded into specified ABS, PS, and PP polymers which are fully supported by comprehensive specifications and REACH data sheets, providing the peace of mind that our compounds are comparable to the industry standard. Our state-of-art technology, that includes advanced electrostatic separation and optical sorting, produces one of the highest quality recycled plastic products in the UK.

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Enva Plastics uses state-of-art separation technology to take a co-mingled plastic waste into a high-end custom made plastic compound.

The separation steps comprise non ferrous and ferrous metal separation, size reduction, wet separation, dry separation including colour sorting and electrostatics and then custom compounding.

Following years of Research and Development, the compound plastics separation process is unique to Enva, producing a finished product that holds a near-virgin polymer standard. These finished products undergo stringent impact, tensile and consistency testing within the Company’s own laboratory in Bourne ensuring that they conform to Enva’s high specifications.

This unique separation process, combined with Enva’s knowledge and experience gives rise to a quality, consistent recycled plastic product.

Plastic Products are tested for:

  • Impact: the industry-standard method of impact testing determines the impact resistance of materials
  • Melt-flow: measures the material’s melt to flow ratio under pressure ensuring Enva’s product are of a steady and even flow
  • Elongation: the plastic’s elasticity is tested, providing assurance that the product’s rupture and breaking point are consistently high
  • Density: this allows Enva to ascertain the density of the product, therefore lowering the probability of air bubbles being present when utilised for injection moulding.

Generally our compounds are supplied in either black, white or grey however it is possible to create via the use of additives virtually any colour to suit your brand requirements. Please contact us to directly via the contact form or call us on +44 01775 670 226 to discuss the options further with a member of our dedicated technical team.

Enva’s best-in-class dedicated small mixed WEEE plastic recycling facility in Bourne recycled 35,000 Tonnes of waste plastic in 2018

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