Consultation Launched on UK first Plastic Park at Peel NRE’s Protos Waste to Hydrogen Site in Cheshire

By July 9, 2021 5   min read  (989 words)

July 9, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, Consultation Launched On UK First Plastic Park At Peel NRE’s Protos, Cheshire

Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, is looking to build a Plastic Park in the North West to process some of the 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste produced in the UK each year.

The £165m Plastic Park will be located at Protos, the company’s strategic energy and resource hub near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, and will cluster together innovative processing and treatment technologies to get the most value from plastic waste.

Protos Plastic to Hydrogen Plant

Two facilities at the Plastic Park have already received planning consent – the UK’s first waste plastic to hydrogen facility utilising pioneering Powerhouse Energy technology and a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling plant that will take food and beverage packaging, such as plastic bottles, and recycle them for use in making new packaging products.

Peel NRE is seeking planning approval for a number of further facilities which would provide capacity for up to 367,500 tonnes of mixed recyclables and plastic and save 170,000 tonnes of CO2 every year, while creating over 130 jobs.

  • A Materials Recycling Facility (MRF): which will separate out dry mixed recyclable materials (such as glass, paper, cans and card) into different waste streams and send them for recycling.
  • Plastics Recycling Facility One (PRF1): plastic from the MRF and mixed plastics arriving pre-sorted to the site will be separated into different plastic types. The separated plastic will either go to PRF2 or the PET recycling plant already consented at Protos.
  • Plastics Recycling Facility Two (PRF2): pre-sorted plastic from PRF1 will be washed and processed into flaked plastic which can be used to make new plastic products, such as food packaging or drinks bottles.
  • Polymer Laminate Recycling Facility: plastic (such as crisp packets and baby food pouches) will be heated, the plastic will break down into an oil for reuse in manufacturing new products with the aluminum recovered for recycling.
  • Hydrogen refuelling station: taking hydrogen from the consented plastic to hydrogen facility to supply up to 1000kg of hydrogen per day to vehicles, sufficient to fuel approximately 20 HGVs from outside Protos and a similar number of internal HGV movements that will be servicing operations within Protos.

Richard Barker, Development Director at Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, said: “The Plastic Park is an innovative way of managing our plastic waste. It will be a single location where mixed materials can be sorted and processed, maximising the amount that can be recycled. We’ll be able to take almost all types of plastic, providing a simple solution for local councils. We envision multiple Plastic Parks throughout the country which will help manage waste plastic on our own shores. This will allow us to create a circular economy, starting in the North West.”

Ahead of submitting a planning application to Cheshire West & Chester Council in the summer, Peel NRE is undertaking consultation on its plans.  There are a variety of ways local people can have their say:

  • Fill in the questionnaire attached to a newsletter sent to more than 9300 addresses
  • Fill in the questionnaire online at
  • Attend a live Q&A at 6pm on 20th July to put questions to the project team – sign up on the website
  • Write to Freepost HAVE YOUR SAY
  • Call 0800 689 1095 or email [email protected]

The consultation starts on 9th July and closes on 30th July 2021.

For more information:

Rebecca Eatwell, Font Communications, [email protected] / 07827 353113

About Peel NRE – Re-energising Natural Resources

Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, is at the heart of the nation’s activity around clean growth and the circular economy – helping the UK achieve net zero by 2050 and supporting regions in their actions to achieve climate emergency targets.

We reuse, repurpose and re-energise natural resources to develop and maintain vital infrastructure across the UK and are experts in renewable energies, district heating, waste to value, water management, materials management and electric vehicle charging.

Our Protos Cheshire energy and resource hub leads the way in low carbon energy and waste management through innovative technologies including the UK’s first plastic-to-hydrogen facility, a 50MW windfarm, a 26MW biomass plant, a 49MW energy from waste plant in construction and a plastic park blueprint to revolutionise plastic recycling nationwide.

More about Peel NRE at

About Peel L&P – Realising Possibility

We are an ambitious regeneration business with generations of history, heritage and expertise in our DNA.  First established in 1972, Peel L&P is now responsible for some of the most transformational development projects in the UK today.

Owning and managing 12 million sq ft of property and 20,000 acres of land and water, our holdings are concentrated in the north west of England but we also own and manage significant assets throughout the UK with a total portfolio value of £2.6 billion.

As a part of the Peel Group; we are integral to a business that strives to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Our legacy matters. We take great pride in the outcomes we achieve, the people we work with, the way we go about our business and the transformational projects we deliver.

Our specialist teams have a proven track record in delivering high-quality, legacy projects across land, property, water and airspace. This includes airports, hotels, waterways, media hubs, event spaces, leisure facilities, retail, workspaces, residential development, industrial & logistical space, public realm, historic gardens and the renewable energy sector. We also believe a prosperous future depends on our ability to harness nature to create sustainable growth.

Through market-leading solutions, we support government and local authorities to reach their carbon reduction and waste management targets. We help businesses to achieve their commercial goals while managing the transition towards net-zero carbon. We engage local communities and support them in their ambition to thrive by re-energising regional economies.

Peel L&P is an agile and ambitious business with a legacy of success for a long-term, sustainable future.

We see possibility. We deliver transformation.

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