The Cleaning Show

Single use plastics - what it means to the cleaning industry.

Wednesday 25th March 12:00 - 12:30

Current environmental concerns mean that customers are driving the agenda for more sustainable products. Customers no longer want virgin single use plastic but are looking for products with green credentials - such as those made from a percentage of recycled plastic, easily recyclable after use, refillable, or lighter weight to reduce transport costs. All of these things are doable, some at a cost and some with consequences. Customers will have some tough choices to make going forward. For example, do you purchase containers/bottles made from a proportion of recycled plastic or thinner virgin containers for lightweight and reduced transport costs? Currently you can’t have both. There is also the need for single use activity in many areas of the cleaning industry, due to factors such as infection control, time and cost. Another area that needs addressing, especially within the NHS, is end of life disposal. If there is no recycling collection scheme set up then the plastic containers/bottles are put in the general waste stream. This presentation will discuss the challenges.

Speaker: Lorcan Mekitarian, General Manager at Berry bpi recycled products, and chairman of the CHSA

Single use plastics - what it means to the cleaning industry.

Lorcan Kekitarian joined Berry bpi recycled products in 1990 and has held a variety of positions over the years including technical and commercial. For the past two years he has been general manager of the Stroud and Heanor recycling, wash, extrusion, and manufacturing sites. In July 2019 he was appointed chairman of the CHSA.

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