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RECOUP Leading the 2018 Plastics Recycling Challenges

RECOUP support continues to grow with leading sorting technology provider Bühler UK Limited being the latest to join the ranks and hosting the first 2018 member meeting.

Over 70 cross sector members and partners attended the meeting, including Government, retailers, waste management, packaging producers, reprocessors, trade organisations and independent specialists.

The challenges and opportunities in 2018 and some of the key work by RECOUP, as the leading plastics value chain co-ordinators, were outlined by the RECOUP team. There were insightful updates and dialogue with DEFRA, British Plastics Federation, LARAC, and a presentation on large scale recycling of PET trays in Holland.

RECOUP highlighted they handle an increasing number of enquiries (over 1,500 from media, indivduals and businesses in 2017), engage in responses to consultations and future strategies and a range of practical deliveries and projects for its members.

The increasingly popular RECOUP conference takes place on 28th September 2018.

New RECOUP member, Bühler UK Limited, gave an opportunity for attendees to tour the factory where they make their optical sorting machines.  This included a demonstration of one of the potential solutions for black plastics recycling, showing the separation of black flakes from coloured flakes.

Part of the day included a stakeholder session on black plastics packaging recycling to increase the urgency around both short- and long-term solutions.

RECOUP CEO, Stuart Foster stated “RECOUP continues to provide leadership in pushing forwards plastics recycling and resource efficiency activities. We are very effective at bringing together various stakeholders to explore and find solutions for both short and long term challenges to improving plastics recycling. The agenda for change in 2018 is unprecedented at both a practical and strategic level.”

RECOUP strive to continue to develop their membership base to dedicate more time on the increasingly urgent priorities. For more information please contact the RECOUP team on 01733 390021.

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