Beating single-use plastic cups into high-performance lumber

RPC Tedeco-Gizeh (Kenfig), the sole UK manufacturer of plastic vending cups, announced the launch of a unique initiative to help customers recycle their used cups into valuable second products.

Plaswood bench
This bench is made from Plaswood, high-performance lumber made from 100% recycled plastic.

According to the announcement, the company is working with its sister business from the RPC Group, RPC bpi recycled products, to encourage vending suppliers and operators to collect their used cups and deliver them to the RPC bpi facility in Dumfries, UK. There they will be reprocessed and blended with other recycled polymers for use in the manufacture of RPC bpi’s Plaswood.

Plaswood is high-performance lumber made from 100% recycled plastic that does not rot, splinter, crack or degrade with age and requires no maintenance. Products manufactured in Plaswood include fences, posts and outdoor furniture.

Scotland’s leading vending machine supplier Excel Vending is the first company to make use of this service. “This is a great initiative,” commented Excel Vending Managing Director Jane McDonald. “The cups are a valuable resource that can be put to good use rather than going to landfill. [The program] will help to support our environmental and CSR strategy.”

Nigel Cannon, RPC Tedeco-Gizeh’s UK Sales Manager, said the new initiative provides a closed-loop supply opportunity for vending businesses. “As a UK producer, our cups already offer important benefits in terms of a lower carbon footprint from more efficient logistics and deliveries,” he explained. “Now they have a significant end-of-life use that keeps them out of the waste stream.”      

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