Greene King sets up Tub2Pub recycling scheme for plastic tubs
Pub chain and brewer Greene King is working with recycling specialist Co-crea8 to collect plastic tubs for recycling.
Consumers can drop off their used plastic chocolate and biscuit tubs at Greene King’s pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK. The tubs will be transferred to a to a specialist recycling facility and processed into granulated recycled plastic.
Each tub equates to approximately 8p and money is raised by selling the recycled plastics, with the profit going to Greene King’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.
It is estimated that well over 100 million tubs of chocolates, sweets and biscuits are sold in the UK each year; with Christmas accounting for as much as forty per cent of all sales. These tubs are typically made from polypropylene; a hard plastic that is not always accepted by local authorities for recycling, resulting in it, instead, being incinerated or landfilled.
Vance Fairman-Smith, Greene King’s supply chain director, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to provide this recycling service to our local communities across the country. This is a ‘win win’ situation as we look to save the plastic tubs going to landfill and at the same time being able to support our national charity partner, Macmillan.”
Peter Goodwin, Co-cre8’s co-founder added: “This is a great way of not just helping charity but also the environment.
“This year, we really expect the campaign to take off with as many 1,700 Greene King pubs getting behind it. Clearly, last year’s campaign was greatly impacted due to COVID restrictions, and yet despite the fact that all pubs were closed, more than five thousand tubs were collected.”
Greene King will be accepting tubs during the whole of January 2022.
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