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Potential For Expansion At Midlands' Newest Plastic Recycling Hub

The new facility got up and running earlier this year.

The company behind a new plastic recycling facility in Offaly is confident of future expansion.

Paltech's new purpose-built site in Clara recycles plastic food packaging into a range of new items, including flower pots.

15 people are currently employed there, in research and development, processing and logistics.

It has the capacity to process 2,000 tonnes of plastic annually, but the company plans to ramp that up in the coming years.

Paul Costello from Paltech says the midlands was an obvious location for expansion:

Paltech invested in the Offaly site in November 2021, which became fully operational earlier this year.

Reacting to the news, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Offaly's Pippa Hackett says;

“This is a good example of the circular economy in action. I welcome the investment in Clara and the new jobs it brings. It is a tangible example of waste plastic being recycled into useful products."

The company has teamed up with Tesco Ireland and its food waste partner, Green Generation, to launch its new flower planters, made of 100% recycled soft plastic.

This latest green innovation sees customer waste soft plastic taken to the site in Clara, where it’s cleaned, sorted and moulded into slate-grey flower planters.

The new durable, heavyweight pots, which are on sale in Tesco stores in Tullamore, Edenderry and Birr now -  have a long lifespan, weigh 7 kilos each and can also be further recycled at their end of life.

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