NATIONAL paper recycling company, Shredall SDS Group, is on track to achieve a 60% increase in business at its Scottish bases since the introduction of the single-use plastic ban which came into effect in June 2022.
Shredall SDS Group which is the UK Paper Recycling Company of the Year 2021-2022 (Award for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management) operates across the UK but has seen a particular increase in business interest in Scotland since the ban was announced.
The ban was first proposed because the majority (77%) of people living in Scotland were concerned about the amount of single-use plastic and single-use packaging used in the country.
The new regulations mean that market restrictions (effectively a ban) will be imposed on problematic single-use plastic items that are most commonly found as marine litter in Europe.
The ban means that it is illegal to manufacture and commercially supply any of the following single-use plastic items:
- Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks and other similar utensils)
- beverage stirrers;
- expanded polystyrene food containers;
- Expanded polystyrene cups.
Although Shredall SDS Group does not deal directly with plastic recycling, they were the first company in the UK to launch an EarthCoating® paper cup recycling service – including cup supply, post-use containment, collection, disposal, shredding and recycling. These are the cups typically used by hospitals, coffee chains, banks and construction societies nationwide, which cannot be recycled with normal cartons due to this coating.
Nick Williams, Managing Director of Shredall SDS Group, said: “The ban on single-use plastic is a big step in the right direction for Scotland, as it forces residents to consider the materials they use at home. daily. Since the announcement/introduction of the ban, our business forecast in Scotland has reached 60%, compared to 40% in the rest of the country, showing that Scottish businesses are increasingly aware of their impact environment in general and not just their use. of plastics. The ban is a positive step for sustainability which will hopefully soon spread to the rest of the UK too.
Shredall SDS Group is committed to becoming completely carbon neutral by the end of this year.