Oltco, the UK and Channel Islands’ leading sustainable resin bound driveway specialist, has recycled the equivalent of 500 million plastic straws using its world-first sustainable resin bound solution, Recycle Bound.
At the beginning of 2019, two entrepreneurs from Cornwall came up with a unique solution to help tackle the issue of plastic waste littering the globe. Now, over four years later, Oltco’s Recycle Bound solution has recycled the equivalent of over 500 million plastic straws and is being used not only on driveways up and down the UK and Channel Islands but also at some of the UK’s leading hotels and attractions.
Recycle Bound is made utilising waste plastic (straws, plastic drink bottles and plastic food packaging) from a plastic recycling point, with each square metre consisting of the equivalent of 3,000 plastic straws. Therefore, if Recycle Bound was laid on a standard 70 square metre drive, the equivalent of 210,000 plastic straws would be recycled in the process.
Growing up in Cornwall, Tom Stringer and Johnny Pearce, Co-Directors of Oltco, saw first-hand the devastating effect plastic waste has on our coastline and they grew increasingly concerned about the effect this was having on our planet.
Recycle Bound has achieved recognition from multiple awards including ‘Product of the Year’ award at the Cornwall Business Awards, runner up for ‘Recycled Product of the Year’ in the National Recycling Awards and ‘Sustainability Warrior’ at the British Franchise Association, an award category that was created specifically for Oltco to recognise its sustainability achievements.
Recycle Bound has been installed at various leading visitor attractions across the UK including the Eden Project, National Trust Sheffield Park & Garden, Bodmin Jail Hotel and the location of the G7 Summit, Carbis Bay Hotel, Blackpool Sea Life Centre and RHS Harlow Carr. To date, Oltco has recycled the equivalent of 1.7 million plastic straws in the resin pathways at the Eden Project.
Tom Stringer comments: “We launched Recycle Bound in 2019 and now, four years later, we have recycled the equivalent of 500 million plastic straws which is incredible. It is so exciting and rewarding to see so many of our customers, both domestic and commercial, opting for Recycle Bound.”
Johnny Pearce added: “Hitting 500 million plastic straws after four years is a huge milestone and one that we are incredibly proud of. We won’t be stopping here as the number of plastic straws that are recycled in our Recycle Bound installations increases every day. Here’s to the next 500 million.”