In his new role of chief executive officer from 1 October, Andrew Simmons aims to radically increase the number of Recoup members to connect the different links of the recyclables supply chain.

‘We must develop robust relationships between suppliers and recyclers of used plastics, and the market for recyclate. Getting this supply chain functioning effectively is a key issue,’ he says.

Funding from the UK Government, EU and other sources will be used to increase recycling opportunities. ‘Millions of pounds of new funding are available to develop plastics recycling this year. However, it is absolutely vital that UK plastics recycling business secures and makes the best use of these new resources,’ adds Mr Simmons.

A lot of bottle

It’s party time for drinkers of Red Square as Halewood International launches a 1.5 litre version bottle from Rockware Glass.

Aimed at the off trade market, the bumper bottle is expected to be a hit with pre-party revellers sharing a tipple. It is available in blueberry, cranberry, lemon and the latest addition, Irn Bru flavour.

‘The larger bottle offers customers an even wider choice, giving them the opportunity to consume Red Square for a host of different occasions,’ says Halewood marketing director Bob Rishworth.