Leaders in plastic recycling and sustainable second life products at PRS Amsterdam 2018
RPC bpi recycling, the largest polythene film recycler in Europe is exhibiting at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe in Amsterdam, 24-25 April, Stand D17. RPC bpi recycling is a business unit within RPC bpi recycled products – a leading manufacturer of second life products.
Operating across four sites in the UK, the business has been leading the way in recycling for more than three decades. It preserves the environment and supports the circular economy by upcycling plastic material and turning it into second-life products, such as refuse sacks and Visqueen products for the construction industry. With the scope and expertise to recycle over 70,000 tonnes of plastic material each year, the company gives new life to polythene from commercial, industrial, packaging and agricultural sources across Europe.
As concepts of the circular economy take hold across the globe, RPC bpi recycling has forged compelling solutions to environmental problems. Every tonne of polythene the company recycles, for example, saves 1.8 tonnes of crude oil, reduces energy usage by two thirds, uses 90 per cent less water and cuts sulphur dioxide emissions by 33 per cent.
Sian Miles, Purchasing Director, RPC bpi recycled products adds: “Creating a sustainable culture is a core commitment to both our customers and the environment, and part of our group strategy, with dedicated investment, targets and measures in place. As a business we take our green credentials, our dedication to sustainability and the circular economy very seriously.”
The company’s focus on environmentally sound products as well as best practices has also led to a host of ISO accreditations recognising the sustainable thrust of its manufacturing. The recycled farm plastic used to make the company’s award-winning Green Sack™ range, for example, has a carbon footprint estimated to be at least 35 per cent less than imported refuse sacks from the Far East.
The need for innovative products and services came into sharp focus recently when the UK Government published details in January of its 25-year Environmental Plan. Ministers vowed to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042, improve the natural environment and throw much more emphasis on innovation in plastics to keep it out of landfill and our oceans.
Sian Miles explains: “Technology is advancing at speed and some manufacturers struggle to keep up, let alone stay at the leading edge. Firms that successfully launch innovation in manufacturing must have a strong strategy and a culture that both nurtures and encourages innovation at all levels of the business, not just the executive team.”
By focusing investment on the twin towers of innovation and customer service, RPC bpi recycled products has pioneered several market-leading products, all manufactured in the UK:
The Green Sack™ – the UK’s leading 100% recycled refuse sack brand, specifically tailored to meet customers’ growing environmental demands.
Visqueen – a market leader in the construction industry and trusted technical authority in the manufacture and supply of structural waterproofing and gas protection systems.
Plaswood – made from 100% recycled plastic, the product range includes lumber, gates, fences, boardwalks, benches and street furniture. Designed not to wear, rust or degrade with age, Plaswood requires no maintenance and is the sustainable and cost-effective alternative to using traditional and non-renewable materials such as concrete, steel and wood.
Plaswood has also been used in the construction of the world’s first boat made from recycled products. Manufactured by Hubbard, an environmental charity, the boat named ‘Poly-Mer’ lives on the River Thames in London and is used by local school children and the public to go fishing for plastic in the river. Plastic collected is recycled with the aim to build a fleet of recycling boats.
Such innovation pays dividends. Recently the company won a Green Apple Environment Award at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London in recognition of its best practices which have resulted in the company achieving Valpak accreditation for ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ across 75% of its sites.
Meet the RPC bpi recycling team on Stand D17 and find out more about the company’s extensive infrastructure and how new technology has enabled recycled plastic to be turned into quality, second life products.