24,000 tonnes of plastic film will be processed in Bord na Móna’s new high-tech recycling facility per annum.
Set to create forty new jobs, it is located on the site of the former peat briquette factory which closed its doors last year.
Bord na Móna AES is partnering with Sabrina Integrated Services (SIS) who will operate the new recycling facility at Littleton that will handle large film plastics.
Minister Richard Bruton said: “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.”
Chief Executive of Bord na Móna, Tom Donnellan said: “This recycling facility is another big step in Bord na Móna’s Brown to Green journey.”
The Brown to Green strategy involves decarbonising operations, moving away from traditional activities, into new areas creating replacement employment in higher value recycling operations, renewable energy development and other low carbon goods and services, Donnellan explained.
CEO of Sabrina Integrated Services, Sherman Ma said: “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.”
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 wrap will be a significant source of feedstock for the facility, according to Bord na Móna.
The recycling process involves processing and cleaning the waste plastic material. This material is then shredded and granulated to produce plastic pellets which are reused in the manufacture of bags, wrapping and boxes.