The world's first commercial 'plastic waste to wax' plant opened in Portlaoise in today.

The plant has been built at a cost of €12m and will employ 16 people initially, with plans to export the technologies to the UK, European and US markets later.

Trifol produces eco-friendly and value added 'EnviroWax' from 100% plastic waste.

Wax is widely used in a variety of industries from personal cosmetics to candles, and from crayons to chewing gum.