The fourth annual impact report released today details a wide range of projects that Ecosurety has initiated, funded or supported to improve reuse and recycling.
Ecosurety has released an annual impact report since 2017 to communicate the positive impact made on behalf of its members, beyond its core compliance services. The 2020 impact report covers a year that was heavily impacted by COVID-19, yet details some of the most important and impactful projects to date that can make a tangible difference, across four key areas:
We support education focused projects that seek to improve and widely share knowledge, because the more we all know, the more we can all do.
Highlights from 2020 include funding the Fit for reuse project to radically improve EEE reuse; the release of #InTheLoop impact reports that shared learnings to improve on-the-go recycling across the UK and our support of the national Recycle Week and Every Can Counts campaigns.
Funding and support from Ecosurety has been critical to ensuring key innovations got off the ground in 2020.
This includes the BOSS 2D project that will enable the separation of flexible plastics for recycling; the CellMine project that has potential to provide a low-cost and low-impact process to recycle lithium-ion batteries; and the PolyMet project that seeks to increase the recyclability of coloured plastic by removing the colour.
Installing systems and facilities for pioneering recycling schemes is a key focus for Ecosurety.
In 2020 we launched 600 new battery recycling points that will also raise money for Cancer Research UK; funded a project to maximise recycling from purpose-built flats; launched a pet food pouch recycling trial with Pets at Home and launched Podback, the first collaborative coffee pod recycling initiative.
We pride ourselves on collaborating with key people and projects across industry to make a wider impact.
In 2020 we funded four projects worth £500k with the Ecosurety Exploration Fund, ran multiple Strategic Impact Meetings to bring industry together and provided key policy support to government on the COVID pandemic, the plastic packaging tax and future EPR changes.
The 2020 impact report also details our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights our Net Zero pledge, team performance and future commitments.
CEO Will Ghali commented "2020 was unusual for all of us. In an exceptional year, we all had to be resilient, adapt to changing social restrictions, and look after each other. So this report also provides an opportunity for us to look back and reflect on what we did to support our members, employees and community during the COVID-19 crisis."
"Having joined Ecosurety at the beginning of 2021 I wasn’t personally involved in the projects outlined in the 2020 impact report, but I’ve been impressed by the passion, drive and ambition of the Ecosurety team and the wide range of initiatives the company has been involved in."
"From awareness campaigns, via innovative projects, to boosting industry collaboration and support to expand UK recycling infrastructure, we’ve made an impact on Ecosurety’s key areas of focus."
Marketing projects specialist
Ben joined the team at the beginning of 2015 and helps drive marketing communications and projects for Ecosurety, including project managing the launch of the Ecosurety Exploration Fund and website content development.