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Emirates stadium gets closed loop on plastic cups

Closed Loop Environmental Solutions (CLES) and plastic packaging manufacturer Coveris have won a contract to recycle plastic cups at the Emirates Stadium.

Food service company Delaware North appointed the two companies.

Initially Coveris will supply 750,000 plastic cups to Delaware North, with the volume expected to rise to more than two million per year.

The cups are made using at least 50% recycled PET from CLES’s sister company Closed Loop Recycling.

Once used, the cups will be collected to be recycled again at Closed Loop Recycling’s Dagenham plant.

CLES is focusing on the UK’s hospitality and food service sector, to supply sustainable food and beverage packaging that can be recovered.

The Australian branch of Closed Loop Recycling designed the first programme for this initiative at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Graham Barton, Coveris UK Rigid managing director said: “The leisure industry offers a huge opportunity for packaging companies and we see this agreement as the first of many in this sector, allowing us to close the loop on packaging.”

Paul Adey, acting managing director and chief financial officer for Delaware North added: “The hospitality industry in which we operate lends itself to the changing demands and innovations in packaging design, which presents many opportunities for environmental and green initiatives.”

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