TLT has advised Biffa, the UK’s leading sustainable waste management business, on its £10m acquisition of Scotland’s only postconsumer plastics recycling facility from Green Circle Polymers Ltd in Grangemouth.

The acquisition bolsters Biffa’s market leading plastics recycling capability by providing more recyclable plastic feedstock in line with the Group’s strategy to quadruple its plastic recycling capacity by 2030. The facility also has the capability to sort coloured plastic material and metal cans.

The move comes ahead of the implementation of the Deposit Return Scheme which due to be implemented in Scotland from 1 July 2022, which will encourage residents to recycle their used bottles and cans, including PET plastic, metal, and glass.

TLT advised on all the corporate aspects of the transaction, with partner Alice Gardner leading the multi-jurisdictional TLT team. Legal director Kirsty Smith and solicitor Amy Tough provided M&A advice, with real estate expertise provided by partner Brian Armour. 

Alice Gardner, partner at TLT, says: 

“Biffa’s acquisition of one of the largest plastics recycling facilities in the UK demonstrates the company’s ambitious ongoing acquisition strategy and follows its agreement to acquire Viridor collections business and certain recycling assets announced in May.

“This deal shows the continued strength of the M&A market and the level of opportunities available despite the challenges of the pandemic. We are seeing a high level of M&A activity at the moment as both buyers and sellers take advantage of a buoyant market.”


Date published

07 July 2021

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