Oltco passes recycling milestone

Johnny Pearce and Tom Stringer

Newquay-based Oltco has reached a milestone of recycling the equivalent of 500 million plastic straws using its sustainable resin bound solution, Recycle Bound.

Growing up in Cornwall, co-directors Tom Stringer and Johnny Pearce 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.

Which is why, at the beginning of 2019, the two entrepreneurs came up with a solution to help tackle the issue of plastic waste.

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, 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. Each square metre of Recycle Bound consists 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.

Pearce said: “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.”