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Recycling

Currys PC World Collection of Customers’ White Goods Packaging

  • Currys PC World – part of the Dixons Carphone group – show their environmental commitment by backhauling consumer packaging during home delivery – including EPS.
  • From May 2017 to April 2018, 1689 tonnes of EPS was collected and processed at the groups distributions hubs across the UK.
  • The material is briquetted on-site by Currys before being collected by their recycling partner.

Currys PC Worlds’ delivery drivers take EPS packaging (along with cardboard and other plastic packaging) back from the householder to their depot when they deliver and unpack a new product. The loose EPS is then brought back to regional distribution hubs, all of which have EPS briquetting machines which grind and compact the EPS into condensed briquettes. These briquettes are then palletised ready for collection and onward recycling. The typical full load for briquetted material is about 8 to 10 tonnes a load.

The briquetted material is then collected by European Polymers, who are specialists in polystyrene recycling, and exported to Holland where it is pelletised and re-extruded back into EPS beads. These beads are then sent to France to be turned into insulation. This end market has been chosen based on the high rebate Dixons Carphone receives due to the high quality of the original material and that it gets turned back into a high value product.

This is a fantastic example of a retail supply chain capturing material, normally perceived as a burden, and turning it into a valuable commodity which can then be processed back into new products. This is a prime example of the circular economy in practice.

“We are proud to play such an important part in EPS recycling in the UK. Our recycled volume is around 14% of all post-consumer EPS recycled in the UK and to know that our processes ensure that is material is captured and turned into new products, rather than landfilled, supports the drive to become a zero waste to landfill business and provides peace of mind to our customers when they buy from us.”

Matt Manning

Recycling Operations Manager, Dixons Carphone