Plastics recycling charity, RECOUP, has always been at the forefront of raising awareness, showcasing innovation, and highlighting the potential for recycled content in products.   For the first time in its 32-year history the organisation is running its own awards to recognise those within the industry who are pushing the boundaries in terms of opportunities for recycled content as well as new ways to improve recyclability and resource efficiency.  

Stuart Foster, RECOUP, CEO, stated “Ensuring recyclability of packaging and products, and manufacturing new products with recycled plastics are two key elements of a successful plastic recycling system. With the intention to significantly increase plastic recycling as part of a circular economy model, there is an ongoing need to showcase and promote innovations to increase recyclability, and practical applications of recycled plastics into both closed and open loop products.”

The winners of these hotly contested awards will be announced at the RECOUP Conference, on Thursday 29th September 2022 where all the short-listed entries will be displayed.  The event offers an opportunity for organisations to demonstrate and showcase their commitments to sustainability and plastics resource management.   Registrations can be made at  

Best Development or Innovation to Enhance Recyclability or Re-use the finalists are:

  • PREP Design – Roll ‘n’ Recycle
  • Greiner Packaging – K3® r100
  • Waste Free Oceans with Partners – Corona beverage crate
  • Waddington Europe – Hot Fill rPET Containers
  • Berry Global – Closed Loop Recycled Paint Containers.

Recycled Plastic Product of the Year category the finalists are:

  • Waste2Wear – I used to be a fridge bag
  • Faerch UK Ltd – Tesco and Faerch delivery tray to tray recycling
  • Nestlé Waters UK – BUXTON® Natural Mineral Water
  • Packamama – Packamama eco-flat wine bottle
  • Waste Free Oceans and partner DFS, Plastix and Epsotech – Circular Ropes
  • Waste Free Oceans and partner Euro Optics – ReFocus Circular Reading glasses and Sun glasses
  • Beko PLC – Recycled tub washing machine
  • Cromwell Polythene – The r.UK sack
  • Yes Recycling Fife – Ecosheet
  • TRANSFORM-CE – Recycled products manufactured from PCR.

Anyone organization wishing to join RECOUP as a member can find out more details by contacting [email protected].  


TV Presenter Tom Heap returns to the RECOUP Conference

Plastics resource and recycling member-based charity, RECOUP will be embracing the plastics debate at their 2022 annual conference in September.  An excellent set of speakers and panellists from far and wide have been lined up to make sure this event remains an engaging conference and networking opportunity.

Tom Heap, BBC presenter and author of ’39 Ways to Save the Planet’, will be returning to Chair the morning sessions, stating that “the quality of debate and presentations I’m sure will not disappoint, and I am delighted to be invited to moderate the morning sessions again. Opportunities and issues are moving at pace, and it promises to be a great day which will continue to challenge the status quo within the plastics resource and recycling space. I will ensure we get under the skin of the challenging and meaningful questions as plastics remain a hot topic for everyone.”

Since its revamp in 2012, the annual RECOUP Conference has continued to grow in popularity and attracts delegates from the entire plastics and wider sustainability value chain. As one of the key events in the resource efficiency and recycling calendar, it is important to encourage open and honest discussions and new collaborations if ambitions and targets are to be achieved.  

RECOUP, CEO, Stuart Foster, commented “The ongoing popularity and success of our annual event is of course linked to the ever growing priority to get the plastic resource agenda right. But it is also a reflection of our pursuit of evidence based change and improvement whilst retaining our independence and intregity.  We are, once more, expecting vibrant and thought provoking debate which we hope leads to actions.

Registrations are open at  

Interested in finding more about membership? Please contact get in touch via e-mail to [email protected] or telephone 01733 390021.  

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