UK-based packaging supplier RPC Group has launched a new vending cup recycling initiative, enabling vending suppliers and operators to deliver used cups to RPC’s facility in Dumfries where they will be recycled.
The scheme has been launched by RPC Group’s RPC Tedeco-Gizeh and RPC bpi recycled products divisions, to help close the loop on plastic packaging.
Once delivered to the Dumfries facility, the used cups will be reprocessed and blended with other recycled polymers for use in the manufacture of RPC bpi’s Plaswood material, a high-performance lumber made from 100% recycled plastic that does not rot, splinter, crack or degrade with age and requires no maintenance.
Products manufactured from Plaswood include fences, posts and outdoor furniture.
According to RPC, Scotland-based vending machine supplier Excel Vending is the first company to make use of this service, collecting cups from its customer base across Scotland.
Excel Vending’s managing director Jane McDonald said: “This is a great initiative.
“The cups are a valuable resource that can be put to good use rather than going to landfill and will help to support our environmental and CSR strategy.”
Nigel Cannon, RPC Tedeco-Gizeh’s UK sales manager says the new initiative provides a closed-loop supply opportunity for vending businesses:
“As a UK producer, our cups already offer important benefits in terms of a lower carbon footprint from more efficient logistics and deliveries.
“They can now have a significant end-of-life use that keeps them out of the waste stream.”
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