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Cromwell Polythene to expand plastic recycling capacity

UK-based plastics recycling and polythene bag manufacturer Cromwell Polythene will double the size of its recycling plant in its effort to help local authorities to meet their future food waste recycling targets.

The company, which produces a range of refuse sacks and bags, will move into a 20,000 f2 building, close to its existing 11,000 f2 unit in Sherburn in Elmet, near Leeds, at the end of 2011, to meet increasing demand for its services.

The firm has received a £1m commercial loan from HSBC to expand its production warehouse and office facilities. The company’s new 30,000 f2 premises in Sherburn Enterprise Park will allow it to accommodate 3,000 pallets, up from 2,000 on the previous site.

Cromwell has invested £40,000 in the product’s research and development. The firm’s managing director James Lee said sales of the bags would add about £500,000 to its £9m turnover in 2011, a figure which is expected to double to £1m in 2012.

The company’s turnover has doubled from £4m in 2001 and is expected to grow by a further 10% in 2011.