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Bord na Móna launches new plastics recycling facility in Littleton

The Irish semi-state peat resource company, Bord na Móna (BnM) has in partnership with Chinese recycling company Sabrina Integrated Services (SIS) launched a plastics recycling facility at Bord na Móna's former peat briquetting plant in Littleton, Co Tipperary. The new plant will process around 24 000 tonnes per annum of waste plastic and create 40 new jobs.

The Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD; Sabrina CEO, Sherman Ma; Chinese Ambassador, He Xiangdong; and Bord na Móna CEO, Tom Donnellan, at the launch on July 5, 2019, of the Plastics Recycling Facility, Littleton, Co. Tipperary (photo courtesy Bord na Móna).

The Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD officiated at the launch of the new plastics recycling plant in Littleton, Co Tipperary that will create forty new jobs on the site of the former peat briquette factory which closed last year

This new plastics recycling plant in Littleton Co. Tipperary is a great example of how Bord Na Móna is adapting to a decarbonised world. By transforming their business and transitioning away from the fossil fuel industry, they are building a resilient, sustainable future for the company and secure employment for the Midlands region for years to come. We are committing to very ambitious targets for plastic recycling under the Climate Action Plan – by 2030 all plastic packaging will need to be recyclable for example. In order to reach these targets, we need to grow Ireland’s plastic recycling capacity and this plant is an important development in that regard. I would like to thank Tipperary County Council and the local community for their assistance bringing this project into fruition, said Minister Bruton.

For Bord na Móna, the repurposed facility at its former peat briquetting plant enables new employment opportunities for the community.

This is a really great day as we create new, long term sustainable jobs on the former site of one of our old businesses. This recycling facility is another big step in Bord na Móna’s Brown to Green journey. The Brown to Green strategy involves us decarbonising our operations, moving away from our traditional activities, into new areas creating replacement employment in higher-value recycling operations, renewable energy development, and other low carbon goods and services. We all know that Ireland must maximise the opportunities presented by decarbonisation. We are keenly aware that Bord na Móna’s development of new sustainable, green jobs to replace its traditional employment is key to ensuring the success of the national climate change transition, said Tom Donnellan, Chief Executive of Bord na Móna.

Novel processing technology

The process at Littleton involves a new technology in Ireland for the recycling of used plastic films that currently either end up in landfill or that are shipped from Ireland to non-EU countries. Plastics used in agriculture, such as silage wrapping will be a significant source of feedstock for the facility.

The recycling process involves processing and cleaning the waste plastic material. This material is then shredded and granulated to produce plastic pellets. The pellets are reused in the manufacture of packagings such as bags, wrapping, and boxes. It is intended that the plant will recycle 24 000 tonnes of plastic film per annum that would otherwise end up in landfill.

We are delighted to establish this facility in Ireland that will provide a sustainable outlet for plastics which were previously transported out of the country or buried in landfill here. We are pleased to be providing new employment and this new opportunity in the circular economy here in Ireland. I particularly want to thank Tipperary County Council, the local community, Irish Farm Films and the Bord na Móna team for all their assistance in making this happen, said Sherman Ma, CEO, Sabrina Integrated Services.

Sabrina Integrated Services (SIS) is a subsidiary of Sabrina Manufacturing Group a major international packaging and recycling company that is based in China.

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