UK distributor launches dispenser recycling scheme

28th of July 2022
UK distributor launches dispenser recycling scheme

A UK distributor of cleaning and hygiene products has launched an initiative designed to enable the recycling of old, end-of-life plastic hygiene dispenser systems and re-use their plastic foundations to manufacture new products.

Upwood Cleaning & Hygiene is in the early stages of establishing the Dis-Cycle scheme, which any of its clients can take advantage of. Marketing manager Laurence Wells explains how. "There are two ways of getting old dispensers to us. If we have our installers going into a client building to fit new systems, they can simply take them away. Alternatively, if the customer can dismantle the dispensers themselves, we will send bulk bags and our courier picks them up."

Dispensers are taken to TPF Plastics, a sister company of Upwood within the Crownlea Group.Its in-house dedicated recycling facility uses waste plastic as the core component for manufacturing new products by a thermoset compression moulding process.

The fibrous plastic granules are heated into a viscous material before being set by a mould on a hydraulic press, forming a new product, ready for market.

The recycling process works for all hygiene dispenser systems where plastic is the primary material including bulk fill soap dispensers, paper product dispensers, cartridge system dispensers and more. Any residual metal within the dispensers are separated by powerful magnets during the process and eventually melted to ensure maximum integrity of the final product.

Kirsty Powell, sales director of Upwood Cleaning & Hygiene added: "Sustainability is high on the agenda in every organisation and as a supply chain partner of choice, we have a responsibility to support our customers to meet their environmental and legislative obligations, by offering added value services that go beyond just selling eco-friendly cleaning products."


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