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100-job Wearside plastics recycling plant moves closer

Plans for a 100-job plastics chemical recycling plant have moved forward.

Sunderland City Council has officially handed Quantafuel first option to develop land at Port of Sunderland.

Bosses say the factory – planned to open in 2024 – will upcycle plastic waste not presently recycled in the UK, such as soft food packaging – into high-quality alternatives.

Lars Rosenløv, Quantafuel chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to have signed the option agreement on this prime development site in Sunderland and are looking forward to submitting our planning application very soon.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, added: “This shows our desire to become a key investment hub for innovative businesses looking to develop and create the latest sustainable technologies that will build our green future.”

“We look forward to working with Quantafuel as it develops its plans through the planning process.”

  • Pictured above, from left to right, are Councillor Graeme Miller; Winifred Patricia Johansen, Quantafuel senior vice president (commercial); and Matthew Hunt, Port of Sunderland director