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European plastics group encourage innovation and sustainability 

15th November 2018 The European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations (EPRO) is inviting companies across Europe to enter their products for the EPRO Best Recycled Plastic Product Innovation and Sustainability Awards. The aim of this competition is to raise awareness and showcase the latest product innovations for recycled plastics in a growing variety of products and items.  The awards also recognise the progression in the applications of recycled plastics and represents a real opportunity for the industry to further demonstrate commitment to the environment and saving resources through use of recycled materials. 

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Delegates from across Europe meet to discuss recycling plastics in Peterborough

2nd October 2018 National plastics recycling charity, RECOUP, hosted over 400 delegates at their annual Conference at KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough, to discuss and debate plastics recycling.   Delegates were from across the plastics recycling value chain and all aspects of plastics were debated from seepage into the natural environment, consumer perceptions, deposit return scheme consultations, and technological advance in plastic packaging sorting and recycling. 

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Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Services deliver Pledge2Recycled Plastics, “Cutting the Confusion” campiagns during recycle week

24th September 2018 Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service have collaborated with recycling charity, RECOUP to deliver a Pledge2Recycle Plastics, “Cutting the Confusion” campaign to residents in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire during recycle week.

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Record delegate numbers ready for inspiring RECOUP annual Conference

24th September 2018 The annual RECOUP conference has truly become one of the events of the year in the plastic resource and recycling calendar. With delegate numbers hitting record levels, Stuart Foster, RECOUP CEO stated “if you have any involvement or interest in plastic resources or recycling, Peterborough is the only place to be on 27th September. It is not just the number of people attending but also the quality of delegates that really stands out.

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UK Household Collection Survey Indicates Slow Progress in Recycling Rates but RECOUP Concerned About Consumer Confusion

18th September 2018 Plastics Recycling Charity, RECOUP have conducted their annual survey of the UK Household Kerbside Collection Rates. The survey which goes out to all UK Local Authorities indicates the need for investment by Local Authorities in kerbside recycling collections infrastructure and communications. The good news is that while just 4 Local Authorities in the UK now do not provide a collection service that includes plastic bottles as part of their kerbside collection service and 76% (298) of Local Authorities in the UK collects plastic pots, tubs and trays.

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RECOUP Conference session chair asks “Has there been any shift in public knowledge of plastics”

30th August 2018 Plastics recycling charity and member-based organisation, RECOUP, will be challenging the delegates at their Plastics Recycling Conference on 27th September 2018, with record numbers anticipated to attend, RECOUP, interviewed the main session chair, Prof. Margaret Bates, for some insight as to what delegates could expect to hear debated.

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RECOUP and Corby Borough Council have joined forces to help cut householders confusion on plastics recycling

16th August 2018 National Recycling Charity, RECOUP, have joined forces with Corby Borough Council with support from Marks & Spencer plc and RPC Group plc, to deliver a programme under the Pledge2Recycle Plastics brand within Corby. The programme is aimed at cutting householders confusion on what plastics can and cannot be recycled in their brown bin.  

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RECOUP Members request discussions on Films. Pouches and Flexibles

17th July 2018 Responding to member concerns and discussions RECOUP have expanded their annual Conference to include a further breakout session on Films, Pouches and Flexibles. The session, which is due to be chaired by Mike Baxter, RPC BPI Recycled Products, will provide a platform whereby the industry can discuss and share information as well as seek solutions to the issue.   

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RECOUP Members and Supporters collaborate to fly the recycling flag at the Welsh Airshow

11th July 2018 Plastics Recycling, charity, RECOUP, supported by Dart Europe, Klöckner Pentaplast, and Plastipak collected On-the-Go post-consumer Expanded Polystyrene Trays and Cups and PET drinks bottles at the Welsh Airshow in Swansea. 

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RECOUP and Norfolk Waste Partnership put recycled plastics on the catwalk

27th June 2018 RECOUP joined forces with Norfolk Waste Partnership with support from Marks & Spencer plc and RPC Group plc, to deliver a programme within Norfolk aimed at inspiring young people to recycle by demonstrating fashionable garments can be made from recycled plastic bottles.  

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Following the political and media attention on plastics; Is the plastics industry response the right one?

9th April 2018 Plastics recycling charity and member-based organisation, RECOUP, will be challenging the delegates at their Plastics Recycling Conference on 27th September 2018, to answer the question of whether the industry is making the most of the opportunities available while the spot light remains on plastics.   Is the plastics recycling industry “seizing the day” and responding to the political and media attention in ways that enable a co-ordinated and proactive approach to driving plastics recycling? 

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Aeroplas Eco Pot Range are suitable for Kerbside Recycling

15th February 2018 Aeroplas have long believed that their plant pot range should be included with kerbside collections. While 76% of Local Authorities collect pots, tubs and trays, there are only a handful who collect plant pots.As a long-standing member of RECOUP, Aeroplas provided the plastic recycling charity with samples of plant pots manufactured from 100% reprocessed carbon free PP, for testing on NIR detection systems.

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RECOUP Leading the 2018 Plastics Recycling Challenges

25th January 2018 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.

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Disposal 'On the Go' - Local Authority Survey

14th December 2017 RECOUP carried out a survey of Local Authorities in the UK with the aim of gaining an insight into the service provision and collection ‘On the Go’, and nearly 100 Local Authorities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland responded to the call for information.

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RECOUP Warn of Critical Opportunities Missed

14th November 2017 Plastics recycling charity and member organisation, RECOUP, has issued a stark warning to the UK plastics packaging supply chain and the recycling industry.  At a time when the politicians and media are looking for industry led voluntary interventions to encourage the consumer to deal with their plastics packaging responsibly; opportunities for positive, effective and consistent consumer communications are being lost.  

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Recyclability By Design - Case Studies

7th November 2017 To help spread a more simplified message, RECOUP have been working for a while on Case Studies; illustrations of both packaging considered not recyclable, with reasons why, and examples of recyclable alternatives.

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UK Best Recycled Plastic Product Award 2017

3rd November 2017 Plastics recycling charity, RECOUP, promote and support the award aimed at recognising innovation and showcasing advances in plastics recycling.   This award gives the plastics recycling industry the opportunity to demonstrate commitment to the environment and saving of resources using recycled materials.

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2017 RECOUP UK Household Plastics Collection Survey

10th October 2017 The 2017 RECOUP Household Plastics Collection Survey, launched at the RECOUP plastics recycling conference, has highlighted the need to invest in kerbside recycling collections infrastructure and communications.

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Record turnout for RECOUP conference

4th October 2017 Consumer and producer responsibility, increasing quality and quantity of collected material, creating demand through recycled content and innovative thinking were all part of the discussion for the record numbers attending the RECOUP annual conference. Alongside this, new editions of the RECOUP Recyclability by Design and UK Household Plastics Collection Survey were also launched.

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Black Plastic Packaging Recycling Forum

25th September 2017 A cross-industry group has agreed a range of new actions and commitments to tackle the long-standing challenge of recycling black plastic packaging.

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Product design to recycling - Time to move plastics recycling forward

21st September 2017 Member based registered charity RECOUP continue to promote and bring to the attention of the industry and the wider public the opportunities available in plastics recycling.   RECOUP with their unique independent view point and knowledge are well placed to make connections to media, NGO’s, local and central Government, the recycling industry, manufacturers and designers of packaging, brand owners, and the consumer. Understanding the complexities of all stakeholders, RECOUP, view the opportunities within plastics recycling coupled with technical advancements being made, promise a bright future for recycled plastics. 

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RECOUP’s plea – don’t slow us down!

16th June 2017 Member based plastics recycling organisation RECOUP continues to go from strength to strength with growth in member numbers, expanding initiatives and increased stakeholder engagement. The role of RECOUP is to lead and inform the continued development of plastics recycling that is sustainable and protects resources. With support across all parts of the producer and recycling chain, it puts RECOUP in an ideal position to encourage genuine practical collaboration and knowledge transfer to achieve plastics circular economy success. In this role as plastic value chain co-ordinators, it is more important than ever to acknowledge the key issues and challenge current thinking. 

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UK Best Recycled Plastic Product Launch 2017

5th April 2017 Plastics recycling charity, RECOUP is delighted to be promoting and supporting an award at the Plastics Industry Awards 2017. The award which aims to recognise innovation and advances in plastics recycling gives the plastics recycling industry the opportunity to demonstrate commitment to the environment and saving of resources using recycled materials. The winner will be announced at a glittering awards dinner at the London Hilton on Friday, 27th October 2017.

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RECOUP Plastics Recycling Conference 2017

23rd March 2017 Cross-sector recycling organisation, RECOUP, has announced that its 2017 Conference will be held at the Kingsgate Conference Centre in Peterborough on Thursday 28th September 2017. This Conference remains one of the highlights of the resource and recycling event calendar, providing a genuinely neutral platform where all sectors can come together to share knowledge and debate the issues of the day.

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Recyclability By Design

2nd February 2017 The latest version is the sixth version of the guide, which also marks 10 years since the release of the first edition. Recyclability by Design provides guidelines for those wishing to make their packaging more recyclable, while also providing information about the various sectors of the plastic recycling chain. This is to help brand owners to understand how changes made can make a difference.

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Pledge 4 Plastics - Consumer Insight Research

18th January 2017 Research carried out by the national plastics recycling initiative Pledge 4 Plastics has delivered the latest insight into consumer attitudes and behaviour towards plastics packaging recycling. A wealth of consumer insight studies relating to waste, recycling and environmental matters have relied solely on online market research. This new research used face-to-face surveys to complement the online research to give a fuller, more detailed view to shape communications to achieve maximum impact in the drive to increase recycling rates.

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EPRO Best Recycled Product Award

5th January 2017 The shortlisted entries for the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations, (EPRO) Best Recycled Plastic Product Award 2017 have been selected and winners will be chosen and announced at IdentiPlast 2017.Short listed in 2017 in the Product category are entries from the UK, Germany and Spain while the Design category includes entries from Spain and Ireland.

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University of Exeter

21st November 2016 The students, staff and visitors at Exeter University have been challenged by National Recycling charity, RECOUP, to take part in a Guinness World Record attempt to try to set a world record of the most keepy uppies of an empty 2-litre plastic bottle that can be achieved in one minute.

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Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year

13th October 2016 The Best Recycled Plastic Product award 2016, which RECOUP sponsors, went to Counterplas for the Loft stilt which is made from 100% recycled automotive parts. 

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UK Household Plastics Collection Survey

13th October 2016 The 2016 UK Household Plastics Collection Survey has been published and findings released. 

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RECOUP Plastics Recycling Conference 2016

4th October 2016 The 2016 RECOUP Plastics Recycling Conference held on 29th September at KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough.

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Fusion Festival 

15th September 2016 A plastics recycling initiative at this year’s Fusion Festival with Britvic and RECOUP.

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Pledge4Plastics and Bournemouth

2nd August 2016 Bournemouth has teamed up with plastics recycling campaign #pledge4plastics in an attempt to set a new world record for the largest work of art made from recycled plastics packaging.  

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Danone Press Release

7th July 2016 Danone have been working with RECOUP to inspire school children to recycle more plastic bottles through the Danone Nations Cup Football tournament.   

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Brexit poll Press Release

21st June 2016 RECOUP found 65% of plastics recycling professionals vote to remain in the EU. 

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New Plastic Recycling Communications Resource Pack

8th April 2016 Pledge 4 Plastics and Recycle Now have worked in partnership to produce a new consumer communications resource pack. The new pack promotes an aligned and consistent set of messages and visuals for plastics recycling communications in the UK.

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RECOUP joins OPRL ownership

7th December 2015 RECOUP is to join the expanding ownership of OPRL, which runs the increasingly popular packaging recycling label scheme.

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Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year

10th October 2015 The Best Recycled Plastic Product award, which RECOUP sponsors, went to ObjectForm for its Filacycle 3D printing material.

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UK Household Plastics Collection Survey

8th October 2015 The 2015 Survey has reflected the changes in the estimated quantity of plastic packaging placed on the market. 

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Tesco, Eurokey & Papier-Mettler Press Release

1st October 2015 RECycling of Used Plastics Limited (RECOUP) members, Tesco PLC and Eurokey Recycling Ltd have been working together to turn plastic waste into a useful product for customers. The collaboration has resulted in Tesco being able to have their own back of store plastic waste, such as pallet and multi-pack wrapping, turned into a useful second life product by Papier-Mettler.

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RECOUP Conference 2015 Press Release

29th September 2015 A successful 2015 RECOUP Plastics Recycling Conference and AGM was held for the third consecutive year in Peterborough. The event was again very well attended, with over 200 guests from across the plastic, packaging and recycling chain. The Conference was opened by BBC Countryfile’s Tom Heap, who chaired the leaders panel tackling the question of whether plastic is a sustainable resource.

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EPRO Best Recycled Plastic Product

15th May 2015 At the Identiplast Congress in Rome on 29th April 2015, the winner of the European Best Recycled Plastic product 2015 was announced.

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RBD Press release

16th March 2015 RECOUP’s guideline document for Packaging Technologists and Pack Developers who use plastic packaging – Recyclability by Design - has been refreshed and revised for Spring 2015.

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“Membership growth in 2013 for two key plastic recycling associations demonstrates growing importance of plastic recycling and continued commitment from leading stakeholders” - says Stuart Foster, CEO at Recoup

13 January 2014 RECOUP has seen 11 new members join its ranks in 2013 which again demonstrates the increasing focus on plastics and RECOUP’s role in partnership working and motivating the supply chain to meet the challenges and targets which the industry faces.

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UK Household Plastics Collection Survey

5 December 2013 The RECOUP UK Household Plastics Collection Survey is a report which provides an in-depth review of the services in place for the collection of household plastics for recycling in the UK. By surveying all Local Authorities in the UK, it is the most complete source of information about household plastics collection in the UK.

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UK based Green Warehouse announced as the winner of 2013 European Best Recycled Plastic Product Award

3 December 2013 Manufacturing engineer Will Hayes, through his own small company Green Warehouse, has designed and manufactured the stylish uBin to encourage responsible recycling of rubbish in offices, schools, universities, hospitals and other typical working environments.

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RBD support Press release 

10 October 2013 RECOUP’s guideline document for Packaging Technologists and Pack Developers involved in plastic packaging has been revised for the second time  this year. ‘Recyclability By Design’ is one of RECOUP’s most important  documents, and well regarded throughout Europe. 

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RECOUP conference Press release 

30 September 2013 Lord de Mauley announces Defra backing for new plastic recycling communications initiative at RECOUP Conference. In his keynote speech at the RECOUP Plastic Recycling Conference and AGM, Lord de Mauley announced that Defra would be adding their support and financial backing to Recoup’s new initiative.

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UK based Green Warehouse shortlisted for 2013 European Best Recycled Plastic Product Award

24 October 2013 Three products will be competing for the 2013 Best Recycled Plastic Product title, including the innovative uBin from UK manufacturer Green Warehouse. Not only is the uBin made with 100% recycled plastic, it’s also the first bin in the world made from 100% UK post-consumer plastic!

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