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The Tubex Collection and Recycle Programme

At Tubex® we are always striving to improve the solutions we bring to the market. In recent months it has become clear to us through conversations with our customers and end users that you needed us to go further and to address the issue of plastic waste. With the creation of the TUBEX® Collection & Recycling Programme we hope to be able to offer a simple and effective solution to close the loop and ensure responsible disposal is within reach for everyone.

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How does it work?

1. Place your order for the required number of bulk bags from your distributor

To participate in the Tubex Recycling Program you will need dedicated bulky sacks for the collection of the tree shelters, each one will hold roughly 350-400 Tubex Standard tree shelters at 1.2m height. 

2. Remove the tree shelter and fill the bulk sacks

Once the tree is ready, remove the tree shelter and fill the dedicated bulk sacks with the used Tubex tree shelters, once the bag is full please advice us so we can pick it up for you.

3. Bulky sacks collection

Tubex will collect the bulk bags and take them back to the distributor to store. Once we have a full lorry load of tubes in bulk bags, Tubex will again organise transport and collect from the distributor to take to the recycling plant. 

4. Recycling

Once at the recycling plant, the tubes will be washed and clean out and afterwards recycled into PP pellets.

5. Closing the loop

Recycled PP pellets are going to be re-used in Tubex products or to other Berry Businesses

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If you have any questions related to the Tubex Collection and Recycling Programme, or if you would like to join the programme.

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Frequently Asked Questions

All Tubex tree shelters can be collected, or are there any product requirements, for the collection and recycling programme?

All Tubex tree shelters can be added to the collection bags. All that we ask is that you remove the nylon zip ties and the wooden stake. We cannot accept competitor tubes and the sack will be refused if these are found in the dumpy sacks. This is due to the fact that we do not know which polymers are used in these products and they could have very negative impacts at the recycling plant (PVC for example).

How does the Tubex Collection and Recycle programme work?

We tried to build a simple but effective process to collect the used tree shelters, to offer the best solution to Tubex customers and end-users. This process consists in 5 steps:

  1. Place your regular tree-shelters order, and set them up as usual. To participate in the Tubex Collection Program you will need dedicated bulky sacks for the collection of the tree shelters. You can now place an order for bulk sacks as well; how
  2. Once the tree is ready, remove the tree shelter and fill the dedicated bulk sacks with the used Tubex tree shelters, once the bag is full please advice us so we can pick it up for you.
  3. Tubex will collect the sacks and take them back to the distributor’s store. Once we full lorry load of tubes in bulky bags, Tubex will organise transport and collection from distributor, and take the tubes to the recycling plant.
  4. Once at the recycling plant, the tubes will be washed and clean out and afterwards recycled into PP pellets.
  5. Recycled PP pellets are going to be re-used in Tubex products or to other Berry Business

Is there a minimum quantity of tree shelters or dumpy sacks for Tubex to collect?

The minimum order quantity is currently 12 bulk bags, each bag can hold about 350 standard Tubex tree shelters, each sack needs to be full for Tubex to collect those. (MOQ is therefore approximately 4,200 standard 1.2m long Tree shelters)

What is the Tubex collection and recycling program?

The Tubex Tree Shelter collection program is an initiative of Tubex, a brand of Berry Global, which aims to address the issues of plastic waste; the objective of this programme is to offer a simple and effective solution to our stakeholders that allows closing the loop and ensuring a responsible disposable of our products.

The programme is based on the collection of used tree shelters, we will provide dumpy sacks that once full of used tubes will be collected and transferred to a recycling plant, where they will be washed and afterwards recycled into PP pellets. Then the PP pellets will be re-used in Tubex products or other Berry business.

When will the collection and recycling programme be available?

The Tubex tree shelter collection program will be available from Autumn 2020.

Who can take part of the collection and recycling program?

Any Tubex distributor or end-user can be part of the program. To be able to join please contact your sales representative or send an email to sales@tubex.com, and place your order for the required number of dumpy sacks.

Who will collect the tubes?

Each customer is responsible to collect their tubes and fill the dedicated bulky sacks with them. Once the sacks are full, Tubex will collect and then store them in distributor’s warehouse.  Tubex will collect and transport the sacks to the recycling plant.

Tubex is responsible to organise collection and transport from customer’s store to distributor’s warehouse, and afterwards to the recycling plant.

Tubex will provide the dumpy sacks? How I will get the dumpy sacks? Can I use other sacks?

You should only use dedicated Tubex dumpy sacks, it helps Tubex calculate the quantity of material available for recycling. These sacks come with the collection program logo on it. You can place your order of the required bulky sacks via one of the 4 distributors signed up to the recycling scheme

What Tubex will do with the recycled material?

Once the used tubes are at the recycling plant, the tubes will be clean up and transformed into PP pellets. Tubex will collect those and use for the fabrication of new tree shelters or send to another Berry business, who will use the PP pellets as raw material for its manufacturing.

The Tubex standard tree shelters already contain up to 30% of recycled polymer and the Tubex netting up to 85%. Our objective is that Tubex Standard tree shelters will be manufactured with 100% recycled content as soon as we have enough availability of recycled PP

What happens to the sack once the tree shelters arrive at the recycling plant?

The sacks of tubes are then compressed into much tighter bails to ensure we can make the process as efficient as possible. They product is washed, shredded, dried and then processed into rPP pellets.

What is the percentage of the tree shelter that can be recycled?

The tree shelters are high grade recyclate and even after 8-10 years in the field nearly all of the tree shelter will turn into finished rPP polymer.

How much do the filled bulk bags weigh?

35-60kg depending upon the type of Tubex product and how efficiently they are filled.

When will the collection scheme run?

Generally we anticipate the collection scheme will run during the summer months (April to September) outside of the tree planting season.