The UK’s leading manufacturer of wheeled bins has smashed its sustainability target with an innovative collection and recycling programme.
MGB Plastics has reduced its carbon footprint by collecting over 20,000 disused wheelie bins – destined for the landfill – from homeowners across the UK over the last 12 months and recycling them at its factory.
The company now plans to "significantly" increase this figure for 2011 and encourage more local authorities to recycle their old bins. Last year, it completed a contract with Hull City Council where it collected and recycled thousands of old wheeled bins and kerbside boxes which were headed for the landfill.
Conor Sugrue, general manager at MGB Plastics, based in Rotherham, said the company hoped to win more contracts with local authorities in 2011 where they would collect and recycle decommission bins and help reduce the effect on the environment.
He said: "As a waste management company we like to lead by example and do as much as possible to drive the sustainability from within.
"Our aim as a business has always been to offer a complete solution to local authorities and clients and one of strategies has been to work with them to collect and recycle more products, especially old bins and kitchen caddies, which otherwise would end up on a landfill.
"It is a process whereby local councils can not only do their bit for the environment but show their stakeholders and constituents that they are leading the sustainability agenda from within.
"In 2011, we hope to encourage more local authorities to do this not only to reduce the amount of old bins sent to landfill, but also help reduce the carbon footprint of councils and reduce the impact on the environment."
The recycling process provided by MGB Plastics involves the collection of old bins which are then transported to its factory in Rotherham. The recycling unit then remove the wheels and axles, deep cleans the bins before shredding and granulating them into small pieces of regrind. A percentage of this recycled material is then used to create new bins.
MGB ensured that all bins collected were recycled and the material re-used in the production of new bins delivered to Hull City Council over the course of the contract.
Mr Sugrue added: "Last year, Hull City Council stipulated a recycled content and we hope to see more local authorities requesting the same this year. As a business we guarantee that all wheeled bins collected will be recycled and used in new products."