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At the forefront of innovation in manufacturing

14 February 2018

"As the UK market leader and a trusted partner to both cleaning and healthcare professionals throughout the UK, we are proud and delighted to be part of the 2018 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, this year as an Ambassador Sponsor,“ says Lorcan Mekitarian, sales director of RPC bpi refuse.

RPC bpi refuse is described as the leading manufacturer of refuse sacks, with a large production capacity, supporting the FM sector time and time again with on time, in full deliveries. The company’s extensive portfolio of stock holding offers its customers innovative products – all with the relevant technical certifications, including CHSA, UN and ISO standards.

Environmental solutions

With the scope and expertise to recycle over 70,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year, RPC bpi refuse gives new life to polythene waste from commercial, industrial, packaging and agricultural sources. This recycled plastic is transformed into high quality, second life products, such as refuse sacks for the FM sector.

The need for such products and services came into sharp focus recently when the 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.

As concepts of the circular economy such as these have taken hold across the globe, the company 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, entails 90 per cent less water and cuts sulphur dioxide emissions by 33 per cent.

Lorcan continues: “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 innovation and customer service, RPC bpi refuse has pioneered several market-leading products – such as company’s leading refuse sack brand The Green Sack, manufactured by reprocessing highly contaminated agricultural waste and specifically tailored to meeting customers' growing environmental demands. The Green Sack range boasts a carbon footprint estimated to be at least 35 per cent less than any other refuse sack in the UK.

International recognition

Such innovation pays dividends. Just before Christmas the company won a Green Apple Environment Award at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament. This is an annual international competition promoting environmental best practices. RPC bpi recycled products’ award was 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.  

Lorcan concludes: “Creating a sustainable culture is a core commitment to both our customers and the environment and is part of our group strategy, with dedicated investment, targets and measures in place. We hope our best practice in achieving zero waste to landfill will inspire other companies to do the same.”