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Tubex launches the first tree-shelter collection programme

10 November 2020

We are proud to launch the first tree-shelter recycling scheme in the UK. The Tubex Collection and Recycling programme is a new initiative that provides a simple, responsible and sustainable programme for the disposal of tree shelters.

The programme is fully developed and operated by Tubex, in collaboration with our key distributors, it is designed to offer a simple process for the safe and efficient recycling of Tubex’s tree shelters. Under the scheme, when purchasing Tubex tree shelters, users can request to join the programme. At the same time, they will be able to order bulk sacks for storing the shelters once removed, ready for them to be collected and transferred by the company to be recycled at one of Berry Group’s recycling facilities.

Once at the facility, the tree shelters will be washed and recycled into Polypropylene (PP) pellets. The material will be re-used by Berry Plastics Global to manufacture new tree shelters or in other businesses within the Group. The programme is now available, and all Tubex users will be able to join the programme.

The launch of this programme is an important milestone towards our sustainability objectives. The Tubex standard tree shelters are currently manufactured using recycled polymer, and Tubex’s netting range is produced with 85% recycled polymer. We are working to increase the use of recycled PP in the manufacturing .

Rhauan Young, Sales Manager at Tubex, said: “While Tubex tree shelters offer innumerable benefits, from enhanced tree growth and protection against both environmental and human factors, one of the main challenges remains the disposal of plastic tree shelters. With the creation of the Tubex Collection & Recycling Programme, we hope to be able to offer a simple and efficient solution to the waste issue, providing an effective scheme to ensure the responsible disposal of our products is available to everyone, in turn creating a more circular economy for materials. Each run will result in 24,000 kilograms of material being recycled, which is equivalent to nearly 200,000 Tubex tubes. As a brand, we plan to not only continue enhancing and improving our products but to offer services that meet the requirements of our distributors, their customers and society as a whole.”

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