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Recycled plastics product innovator Linpac Environmental is launching a dedicated plastic cup collection bin as part of its Envirobin range of interior litter and recycling material collection bins.

Envirocup has been purpose designed for the secure and hygienic collection of paper/plastic vending cups. Six circular apertures in the Envirocups lid can accommodate up to 700 (70mm x 100mm) empty cups stacked vertically. A reservoir in the bins centre has been designed to accommodate liquid waste.

According to Linpac, there are an estimated 400 billion plastic cups in existence in the UK at any one time, of which only 9% are currently recycled. As a result, there is plenty of scope for companies to start or step-up their plastic cup collection programmes: For many companies plastic cups are still the most practical and convenient solution for dispensing drinks to staff and visitors and the recent popularity of water coolers in the workplace has increased their usage even more, says Madelaine McGinn, Linpac Environmental marketing coordinator.

Envirocup can be used in conjunction with other bins in our Envirobin range to create a smart and coordinated look to litter and recyclable material collection facilities, allowing both to be collected in the same style of bin as traditional waste, she continues. Placing Envirocup within a bank of Envirobins or beside a vending machine or water cooler also encourages the segregation of recyclable waste at the point of disposal.

Linpacs Envirobank recycling bank will also form the heart of a new national recycling initiative being launched by Sainsburys. The retailer will be introducing a plastic carrier bag collection scheme throughout its stores later this year and felt that Envirobank was ideal to meets its requirements.

We decided to introduce a new kind of carrier bag collection scheme as part of Sainsburys ongoing commitment to recycling, explains Sainsburys recycling and resources manager James McKechnie.

Envirobank was one of several options we considered but proved the best fit for our needs on a number of counts. It is highly visible and very noticeable which will help raise customer curiosity and awareness in store, the front signage panel can be made in Sainsburys corporate orange and most importantly, Envirobank is made from post consumer recycled plastic so meets the requirements of Sainsburys green procurement policy.

Instead of housing a 140-litre wheelie bin, the Sainsburys version of Envirobank has been modified to use a 140-litre clear plastic sack for the carrier bag collection. The banks will be sited at store entrances in order to encourage shoppers to deposit their redundant carriers as they enter the store.

Products emblazoned with a corporate identity are becoming increasingly popular with operators of waste management programmes, as Madelaine McGinn explains: Decorating your products with a corporate logo, emblem or message can get your litter or recycling collection off to a flying start, she says. Local authorities can increase visibility with their residents, commercial users can advertise products and services, and leisure facilities such as football clubs can help foster a sense of community involvement, as they help promote litter collection in the areas surrounding their grounds.

Linpac Environmental uses its specialist in-house facilities to print, stamp or emboss customers logos, emblems or messages onto recycling and litter collection bins and kerbside boxes, which are designed to be not only eye catching but element and wear resistant.

Sainsburys, Cadbury, BP, Ericsson and PGA Tour are some of the companies how have chosen Linpacs customised product options, along with a number of local authorities across the UK including London Borough of Camden, Brent Council and Wandsworth Council. u

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