Tubex has expanded its Tree Shelter Collection and Recycling Programme by offering hubs around the UK where tree shelters can be dropped off to be recycled, completely free of charge.
The scheme is a joint initiative with charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), which opened several hubs of its own in 2021.
There will be a total of 14 national hub locations. As well as YDMT’s sites, Tubex’s parent company Berry Global will provide five of the hub locations, while landscape supplier Green-tech is also supporting the scheme by offering their premises in North Yorkshire for shelter collection.
Green-tech’s Sales Director Richard Gill comments, “Tubex aim is to increase accessibility and proximity whilst limiting any unnecessary costs for end users, so that people are not discouraged to recycle shelters at end-of-life by having to fund and organise their disposal process. Green-tech is delighted to get involved and offer our support. We are the biggest distributor of tree protection products in the UK and feel we have a duty to offer practical solutions to removing plastic that has served its purpose, from the environment.”
Tubex will be covering all costs after the bags of used tree shelters are dropped at the hubs, including bailing, washing, recycling and re-pelletizing the material so that it can be used to create more shelters.
As well as all types of Tubex shelters all Polypropylene shelters that are manufactured by other brands can also be recycled at the hubs. They can be identified by a small ‘PP’ symbol on the tree shelter.
Marketing & Product Development Director from Tubex James Taylor explains,
“We are so pleased to be able to announce the launch of our recycling hubs with the support of YDMT and partners – since its inception, our plan has been to continually progress the Tubex Collection and Recycling Programme and offer the opportunity for our customers to recycle their shelters locally. Our hubs now provide a convenient way to ensure that shelters will be handled responsively at end-of-life, completely free of cost to the customer.”
“It is also ideal for smaller scale planting projects that are often not able to fill the 6 bulk bags required for our direct collection service at £39 per bag.”
For those who still want to use the original Tubex Collection and Recycling method where shelters are collected directly, Tubex will still be offering their standard dumpy bags for £39, which can hold 350-400 1.2m tree shelters with a minimum collection amount being six bags.
For more information on Tubex free tree shelter collection hubs email: https://tubex.com/sustainability/tree-shelter-collection-recycling-programme/
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