Firms look to address shortage of bottle closures

UK recycling firm First Mile has been joined by Delphis Eco in a joint call to homes throughout Britain to help in the fight against Covid-19 by recycling all of their plastic bottle closures – such as trigger sprays, hand soap pumps, and spray pumps – via a free RecycleBox courier collection.

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the two firms have said that there is a global shortage of ‘pretty much’ all bottle closures. As a result, the two firms have called on UK households to collect and give a quick-rinse to all of their closures of any size, empty plastic personal care and cleaning bottles, then place them in an empty cardboard box and book a free collection at

Once the items have been sent, First Mile will sort and clean them before returning them to Delphis to be refilled and reused.

Commenting on the collaboration, CEO at Delphis Eco, Mark Jankovich, said, “I am very excited to be collaborating with First Mile and, hopefully, every household in the UK.  We are a very proud UK manufacturer and currently have anti-bacterial sanitiser sitting in big containers but, like wine without a cork, we can’t supply any bottles. I’m sure some of the bottles may look a bit odd with strange tops on them, but that doesn’t matter, as long as people are getting the products they need. This is a great way to help fight Covid-19, and help the environment at the same time.”

Bruce Bratley, founder and CEO at First Mile, added, “The Covid-19 pandemic has led to shortages in various supply chains within the UK. Some of these challenges are tricky to solve, but for this one we have a simple solution. We’re asking the public to please save all of their plastic triggers, pumps and caps and send them back, along with their bottles, to First Mile through our RecycleBox scheme.  This small action will have a big impact in terms of getting much-needed cleaning and sanitising products out to those that need them most.”