The Cleaning Show

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

Wednesday 14th October 12:15 - 13:00

Environmental concerns around SUP was top of the agenda for buyers and users pre-COVID-19. The government sought to address these concerns via a packaging tax. Along came the pandemic and brought a complete reversal of fortune for SUP. We saw home delivery of groceries exponentially grow and the use of plastic carrier bags reinstated to protect items and delivery drivers. We saw a demand spike for polythene aprons and disposable masks, both now essential to protect hospital staff and care home workers. We have seen shortages of dispenser pumps for hand washing, which are key in good hygiene practices.

Worldwide demand for disposable plastic has increased beyond production capabilities. We still need a packaging tax to increase the amount of recycled plastic that is used in our everyday items. Single use plastics are here to stay….but we need to find a way to stop them becoming litter.

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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