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Viridor and Procter & Gamble work together on circular economy effort to save 200 million bottles of virgin plastic

18th February 2020

UK recycling and energy recovery company Viridor and international consumer goods corporation Procter & Gamble (P&G) have agreed a five-year contract for the supply of recycled plastic, further cementing their commitment to collaborate on shared circular economy goals.

The companies, both founding partners of the UK Plastics Pact, are committed to inspiring positive action on the environment and driving circular change.

Consumers will see evidence of this on their supermarket shelves in P&G’s Ariel laundry product range as previously announced which aims to reach up to 50% recycled content in its liquid bottles as of 2020.  

Viridor’s supply of HDPE (high-density polyethylene) to P&G will save the equivalent of 200 million bottles of virgin plastic over five years.

P&G Purchases Group Manager Adam Selby commented: "Viridor is an established innovator in the area of sustainable packaging.  This collaboration accelerates P&G’s 2030 goal to reduce our use of virgin petroleum plastic in packaging by 50%. 

"As a founding member of The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, we are committed to helping to minimise and manage plastic waste and promote solutions like this for used plastics.”

Viridor Resource Management Managing Director Keith Trower said Viridor had been supplying P&G with post-consumer recycled material for the past three years, with volumes steadily increasing to meet P&G’s growing sustainability targets.

He said: “The true measure of success is reflected in seeing our product on supermarket shelves.

“Viridor is committed to delivering quality to the circular economy. Quality control is crucial to our recycling operations – this is how we ensure we can offer manufacturers competitive alternative circular economy stock as opposed to their sourcing virgin stock.”

Viridor’s MD of Recycling, Simon Hicks, said the company’s investment in innovative recycling infrastructure was designed to match the steadily increasing demand for recycled material.

He said: “In addition to our specialist polymer facilities at Rochester and Skelmersdale, we have invested £65m in the new recycling and reprocessing centre at Avonmouth, near Bristol, the UK’s largest multi-polymer plant.  

"Our investment in sophisticated recycling infrastructure will not end here. We have been very clear about our commitment to investment, innovation and collaboration to drive the circular economy in the UK, with this programme reflecting the clear preference for recycled material."

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