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RPC bpi Recycled Products Takes On a Unique
Recycling Sponsorship Challenge for the Volvo
Ocean Race
urope's biggest recycler of
polythene is sponsoring the
Cardiff stopover for the worldfamous Volvo Ocean Race and will
use the elite yachting event to
highlight the creative and business
potential of recycling plastic.
As a host city sponsor of the round-theworld yacht race, RPC bpi recycled
products will work with Cardiff Council
during a free two-week festival of fun in
celebration of a race that has never
before stopped in the capital city of Wales
in its illustrious history of over 40 years.
Thousands of people are expected to
visit the dedicated site, called the Race
Village, between 27 May and 10 June
Last October, the intrepid Volvo Ocean
Race fleet set off from Alicante, Spain,
on a race around the world, visiting 12
cities on six continents. To mark its debut
docking at Cardiff later this May, race
organisers are hosting the fortnight of
music and other entertainments. It is over
40 years since the first crews competed
in the 40,000-nautical-mile contest.
RPC bpi recycled products' sponsorship
involves collecting all the recovered
plastic film at the event and recycling it
by re-manufacturing products such as
refuse and recycling sacks and plastic
furniture, as part of the Plaswood product
range. Not only is this a historic first for
Cardiff, but this will be the first time
recovered plastic film has been collected
and recycled at the Volvo Ocean Race,
anywhere in the world.
RPC bpi recycled products is the largest
recycler of polythene in Europe, recycling
over 70,000 tonnes each year.
Recovered plastic film from the event will
be collected and taken to RPC bpi
recycled products local factory in
Rhymney, Wales, where it will be sorted,
washed, made into plastic pellets ready
for re-manufacture into second-life
“The Volvo Ocean Race is world famous
and for four decades has brought out
some of the finest examples of human
endurance the sporting world has ever
seen,” says Mike Baxter, External Affairs
Director at RPC bpi recycled products.
“RPC bpi recycled products is proud to
help Cardiff celebrate this magnificent
race and pay tribute to all of those taking
Mike adds: “We thought it fitting, and
highly relevant, to support such a worldrenowned sailing event to highlight how
we can help solve one of the world's most
pressing problems – plastic in our
oceans. Few of us who have seen the
Blue Planet II TV documentary can fail
to be moved by those images of the
damage caused to our oceans by plastic
“But it does not have to be this way, and
RPC bpi recycled products is at the
forefront of efforts to recycle and
remanufacture plastic to keep it out of the
waste stream – and our oceans. Just as
this year's race competitors are pioneers
in their own sporting field, we are
pioneers in our professional field of
plastics recycling and are forever striving
to close this major loop to the circular
Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure,
Cllr Peter Bradbury said: "In today's
culture it is all too easy to throw things
away and buy new which is why it is
essential we highlight the importance of
recycling correctly.
“The issue of marine plastic pollution is
of huge concern and it is commendable
that Volvo Ocean Race is using the
event's international platform to highlight
the scale of the problem. Cardiff together
with RPC bpi recycled products is
committed to raising the profile of correct
recycling methods, ensuring that plastic
is disposed of properly, without negative
impact on our waters.”
RPC bpi recycled products is a
participant in the New Plastics Economy
initiative run by the Ellen MacArthur
Foundation which works to inspire a
generation to re-think, re-design and
build a positive future circular economy.
It has also signed up to Operation Clean
Sweep®, an international initiative to
keep plastic litter out of the marine
environment, and set up by the plastics
industry led in the UK by the British
Plastics Federation.
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