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Sustainable refuse sacks at The Manchester Cleaning Show

16 March 2018

RPC bpi refuse, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of refuse sacks, is exhibiting at The Manchester Cleaning Show 2018, between 11-12 April on Stand A05.

The business supports the circular economy by preserving the environment by up-cycling plastic material and turning it into second-life products. The company has the scope and expertise to recycle over 70,000 tonnes of plastic material each year, giving new life to polythene from commercial, industrial, packaging and agricultural sources.

As concepts of the circular economy take hold across the globe, RPC bpi refuse 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.

Lorcan Mekitarian, sales director at RPC bpi refuse, added: “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 plastics 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.

Innovative sustainability

The need for innovative 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.

Lorcan Mekitarian explained: “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. Reprocessing post-consumer packaging has enabled the company to use the recovered material to develop The Green Sack: it is now said to be the UK's leading refuse sack brand and specifically tailored to meeting customers' growing environmental demands.

Such innovation pays dividends. Recently the company won a Green Apple Environment Award at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament 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. 

See RPC bpi refuse’s product range and meet the team at The Manchester Cleaning Show, Stand A05.