Holbeach £13m recycling plant will create 80 jobs with second site planned in Sutton Bridge
An innovative £13million recycling plant will bring up to 80 jobs to the district – with hundreds more also promised.
Delegates from Dubai, London and the district joined for the official opening of the Midwest Group’s new recycling processing plant on a site just off the A17 in Holbeach on Friday.
Midwest Polychem’s new 8.5 acre site has been transformed over the past six months into a facility which will be capable of producing 3,000 tonnes of hot washed recycled plastic flakes per month.
Between 60 to 80 jobs will be created as a result.
The company is also planning to create hundreds more jobs with a 54 acre site in Sutton Bridge.
Abeer Nayaz and his father Rana have worked with partners in Dubai on the plans. Rana himself invented pieces of machinery used inside the plant as part of the process.
Abeer said: “This is a new venture for us as a company and our vision for Holbeach currently knows no limits.
“We have made it our number one priority to give back an increased standard of living to our local community and, from our side, no effort has been spared to make out local businesses benefit in every possible way.
“We look forward to working with our district and county council to bring down our local numbers (of waste input) down as much as possible.”
Using power created by five generators and a tank-full of diesel each day, the facility will see bales of plastic bottles crushed and granulated into flakes which will be washed and checked before being bagged up and sold on to manufacturers to be repurposed.
A separate area will focus on recycling uPVC windows - producing pellets which will be made to make more.
There is also a further area which, once completed, will put jazz plastic (coloured waste) through the same process in order to create yarn, which is used in items such as high viz jackets.
Abeer says that, once in place, the plant would be the only site to create this particular yarn in the country.
Coun Jack Tyrrell has been working hard to bring the site into use, after the operation was moved from Hull in January.
He said: “When I first met Abeer and his father I thought this company was on another level.
“This is a passion of mine and I am so impressed with what I have seen.
“I welcome anyone who wants to invest in the area and to have this on our own doorstep is a huge asset.”
At the opening ceremony, MP Sir John Hayes said: “It is very innovative and I am delighted to hear the plans to recruit locally and for there to be employment opportunities rooted in South Holland.”
Coun Tyrrell also hopes to make use of an area of land on the 54 acre site, which is situated close to the power station, to create a new tip which would cater for the eastern half of the district.
The separate plans for the Sutton Bridge site will also aim to reduce the amount of plastic being landfilled or thrown into the sea, while providing further employment opportunities for residents.