Valpak sells its glass recycling business

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Valpak has sold its commercial glass collection business in a deal which will propel the UK pub industry towards meeting future recycling targets....

Valpak has sold its commercial glass collection business in a deal which will propel the UK pub industry towards meeting future recycling targets. Recycle-more-glass, the scheme which collects mixed glass for recycling free of charge from pubs, clubs and bars, has been sold to the UK's largest commercial and domestic glass collector and processor, Berryman, for an undisclosed sum. The scheme has seen more than 16,000 premises nationwide sign up, including some of the largest chains in the catering and leisure trade. The scheme collects 60,000 tonnes of glass a year, the equivalent to nearly 200 million bottles and jars. The sale to Berryman means that the recycle-more-glass scheme will continue to expand and develop, bringing in more waste glass to help the UK meet its recycling targets in years to come. "The UK could well be expected to recycle around 60% of its waste glass by 2007/08, under the European Union's Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive," explained Valpak chief executive Jonson Cox. "Currently, we only recycle around 30%. If the UK is to meet these targets then it is vital that we all redouble our efforts to recycle glass." Unique initiative Unique is encouraging its licensees to support the recycle-more-glass scheme. "With 600,000 tonnes of waste glass being produced by the hospitality industry every year, we want to help Unique licensees to do their bit for the environment," says Graham Turner, Unique managing director. "We have mailed 1,600 pubs in areas where the scheme is currently available with information about it, aiming to encourage as many of our licensees as we can to take part in this thoroughly worthwhile initiative.

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