Dumfries facility helps find new uses for recycled vending cups

Plaswood is used to create products including outdoor furniture

PLASTIC vending cup producer RPC Tedeco-Gizeh is launching a new service to help customers recycle used cups into valuable second life products.

The firm is working with sister business RPC bpi recycled products, so that vending suppliers and operators who collect their own used cups can deliver them to the RPC bpi facility in Dumfries. They will then be reprocessed and blended with other recycled polymers for use in the manufacture of RPC bpi’s Plaswood, which is used to make the likes of fences, posts and outdoor furniture.


East Kilbride-based vending machine supplier Excel Vending is the first company to make use of this service, collecting cups from customers across Scotland.

“This is a great initiative,” said Excel’s MD Jane McDonald.  “The cups are a valuable resource that can be put to good use rather than going to landfill and will help to support our environmental and CSR strategy.”

Nigel Cannon, RPC Tedeco-Gizeh’s UK sales manager added, “As a UK producer, our cups already offer important benefits in terms of a lower carbon footprint from more efficient logistics and deliveries. They can now have a significant end-of-life use that keeps them out of the waste stream.”