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RPC bpi recycled products’ sponsorship of the world-famous Volvo Ocean Race during its first-ever docking at Cardiff this summer provided the perfect opportunity for the company to demonstrate the huge potential that exists for the recycling of plastics.
As a local sponsor of the round-the-world yacht race, RPC bpi recycled products worked with the Cardiff Harbour Authority who hosted a free two-week festival of fun. As part of this, every scrap of recovered plastic film during the event was collected and recycled into the manufacture of products such as refuse and recycling sacks and plastic furniture as part of the Plaswood range of products.
All collected material was taken to RPC bpi recycled products’ factory in Rhymney, Wales, where it was sorted, washed, and made into plastic pellets ready for re-manufacture into second-life products.
Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. The 2017-18 edition has taken the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities. To mark its historic debut docking at Cardiff, race organisers hosted a fortnight of celebrations at a dedicated site called the Race Village between 27 May and 10 June.
Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director at RPC bpi recycled products said: “Just as this year’s race competitors are pioneers in their own sporting field, we are pioneers in our professional field of plastics recycling. While sailing teams circle the world, our recycling team will be helping to conquer the challenge of closing a major loop in the circular economy.”
RPC bpi recycled products is a participant in the New Plastics Economy initiative run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation which works to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future circular economy. It has also signed up to Operation Clean Sweep®, an international initiative to keep plastic litter out of the marine environment, and set up by the plastics industry led in the UK by the British Plastics Federation.