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RECYCLING & WASTE MANAGEMENT


Quality goods Of course, buying a sustainable product is only viable if it is fit for purpose and meets the necessary quality criteria. In the case of refuse sacks, this can be validated through the Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers’ Association (CHSA) standards. The CHSA represents all the major manufacturers and distributors which supply cleaning and hygiene products in the UK, and certification ensures that products conform to the highest industry standards – for example, ensuring that ‘heavy duty’ sacks really fulfil their claim. New members are audited four times throughout their first year, and at least twice annually thereafter.


Embedding circularity Facilities managers who choose to commit to circular economy thinking have many creative opportunities to change their business practices. Although achieving cheap, short-term gains through the purchase of disposable goods may appear attractive, reusing equipment or subscribing to a service instead of buying a product can offer real benefits through significant long- term savings.


If we are to promote recycling to other businesses and members of the public, we need to demonstrate our own strong commitment to the recycling ethos. We maximise recycling on site – achieving Zero Waste to Landfill accreditation at three of our four UK manufacturing sites – and are exploring ways to include full lifecycle analysis and a carbon footprint on our packaging.


At RPC bpi recycled products, our business model relies heavily on the willingness of other businesses to recycle. As a result, we have a strong interest in spreading the recycling message through the media, and engaging with local schools and organisations to promote recycling programmes and visits to site. Earlier this year, we partnered with the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race to highlight the creative and business potential of recycling plastic as the race made its first ever stop in Cardiff. Plastic film was collected at the event and then taken to our facility in Rhymney, South Wales where it was sorted, washed and made into plastic pellets ready to be re- manufactured into second-life products, like refuse sacks and plastic furniture.


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Fundamental to our business is not simply to produce plastic items that have the potential to pollute the environment at their end of life. Instead our aim is to promote the idea of the circular economy, whereby everything we manufacture can be returned to us after use and recycled, so that we can start the process again.


Sustainability underscores everything that we do; both the products that we manufacture and the way that we manage our operations. Even small changes can make a large difference; seeing the benefits from minor adjustments can encourage facilities managers to embed circular economy thinking further into their business.


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