Berry bpi has taken part in the Upstream Battle Week, a community clean up operation organised in Greenock, Scotland.
Company staff from the Greenock site joined businesses, charities and children from local primary schools to collect litter at the Belville Community Garden Trust at Craigend Resource Centre.
Councillor Jim McEleny and MP Ronnie Cowan also joined the litter gatherers.
Berry provided Green Sack refuse bags to collect the waste. The bags are made from recycled polythene.
“We had a wonderful time cleaning up the area and working within our local community,” commented Mike Baxter, external affairs director at Berry bpi.
“As a group we already recycle over 135,000 tonnes of polythene waste, turning [that] into new products,” Baxter said.
The collected waste was separated into material types. Suitable waste was taken back to the Berry plant for use in production of the Plaswood furniture range.
Plaswood is produced from recycled polythene. The products offer a long-lasting alternative to hardwood. The products can be recycled at end of life.
Two Plaswood benches were on display during the event, with the benches ultimately being donated to the Craigend Resource Centre.
Those taking part in the clean up were eligible to enter a competition sponsored by Recoup to win a further Plaswood bench. To enter, a photo of the most unusual item found in the litter had to be submitted via social media.
The litter clean up helped stop rubbish from ending up in the sea. Greenock is located on the Clyde river, downstream from Glasgow.