TREE-shelter specialist Tubex has created the UK’s first flat-rate service for its collection and recycling programme for plastic tree shelters. By reducing costs and improving accessibility for end users, Tubex believes it will drive further take-up to the scheme.

A recommended retail price of £39 per bag collection has been set for anywhere on the UK mainland, including the dedicated dumpy bags, collection and recycling. Each Tubex dumpy bag can hold up to 400 1.2 m tree shelters.

The programme collects shelters to be sorted, cleaned and reprocessed into recycled polymer, to be reused in Tubex products. In 2021, more than 150,000 tree shelters were collected through the scheme, the equivalent to 21 tonnes of plastic.

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James Taylor, marketing and product development director at Tubex, said: “By working closely with our end users and distribution partners, we’ve set a flat-rate price that will save users of the scheme between 25 and 50 per cent compared to 2021.

“It’s a move everybody has been happy to make, as we all understand the importance of increased recycling. Anything that makes the scheme more accessible, and encourages others to join, is a step forward.” 

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The minimum collection at the flat rate is six bags. Collection for fewer than six bags, or from UK islands, will be priced on a case-by-case basis.