Business is wheelie good in the Wolds

Mark Whitney and Chris Collier EMN-140108-154454001
Mark Whitney and Chris Collier EMN-140108-154454001

Nestled in sleepy Brookenby is one of Britain’s leading plastics recycling firms, which also has a Hong Kong operation supplying Asian manufacturers.

The 24 year-old company, which employs 65, is increasing staff numbers and investing in new machinery as it enjoys growing sales now totalling £24 million a year.

The CK Group is one of Britain’s largest buyers of recycled plastic and ‘regrind’ which it then processes at Binbrook or a sister plant in Scotland, which it then resells as high quality regrind or compound to other plastics manufacturers across the UK, Europe and Asia.

In July, it announced a deal to distribute new bins and collect 61,000 wheelie bins from of Poole in Dorset, one of 300 councils it works with, for recycling at Brookenby.

Recently, the group also revealed it would collect and recycle plastic water pipe from the Murrayfield Rugby Stadium in Scotland.

And its CK Polymers recycling division said it would collect 30 tonnes of stock soup pots (about a million) from TSC Foods in Scunthorpe.

“When the pots arrive at our processing facility, we will grind them, de-dust and de-metal them, and then conduct thorough laboratory tests to confirm their quality,” said commercial director Chris Collier.

“We then have an Italian compounder lined up who is buying the plastic regrind to make a light coloured compound to manufacture products out of recycled products for the automotive industry.”

Such deals follow a new 50 cubic meter plastic regrind blender being installed at Brookenby.

The new blending machine will boost the capacity for the CK Group to produce homogenous plastic regrind for the compound and injection moulding markets.

Such sourcing and supply is global, with the CK Group announcing three new hires, plus promotions at its Hong Kong office, to help it find a home for any plastic suitable for recycling.

This comes as the company has over the year also installed new shredding and grinding capacity at Brookenby and doubled the size of its laboratory team. Further recruitment, plus investment in machinery and laboratory facilities is also planned.