From: Packaging News
Hi-Cone, manufacturer of ring carriers for the beverage industry, has become the first non-branded company worldwide to partner with TerraCycle.
Its initiative is aimed at ensuring the ring carriers are recycled to be used for material for the manufacture of park benches, outdoor furniture and composite lumber.
Items such as ring carriers are collected and recycled by very few local authorities in the UK.
Hi-Cone and TerraCycle are spearheading the effort to tailor recycling techniques to individual waste streams where specialist beverage packaging is concerned, ensuring ring carriers can be collected and recycled, allowing them to have a new life post-use.
The new recycling scheme aims to create a UK-wide network of public access ring carrier recycling points.
Consumers can search online for their nearest dedicated collection point, or can sign up as a private collector and download freepost labels to send their used ring carriers in for recycling.
Kenneth Escoe, president of Hi-Cone, said: “Our goal is to recover and reuse as many plastic ring carriers as possible worldwide, and the TerraCycle partnership helps us to achieve that. Hi-Cone has long been dedicated to reducing its environmental impact and this latest project forms part of a broader strategy that will ensure ring carriers are 100% recyclable or compostable by 2025.
“It is vital that packaging producers take the lead in pushing sustainable programmes forward, and that is why we have stepped in at this stage of our own journey to champion this process with TerraCycle. We will be monitoring the progress of this initiative very closely as it rolls out in the UK, and will then assess the possibility of widening its scope further into Europe, the US and beyond.”
Laure Cucuron, general manager, at TerraCycle Europe, added: “To date, we have some 80 million people engaged in collecting waste materials across 21 countries and typically these programmes are funded by brands or municipalities. It is therefore very refreshing to have a packaging manufacturer such as Hi-Cone engaging with us and taking responsibility for the materials it sends into circulation. We have a shared responsibility to close the material loop and we would encourage more packaging producers to work with us and to follow the example Hi-Cone is setting.”