Combined recycling and compliance solution saves Matalan £50,000 a year.

Matalan approached Valpak as they wanted to work alongside an organisation that could maximise the inherent value of their secondary raw materials for recycling and manage all aspects of their producer compliance in a cost effective manner.


When our Recycling Services Team were awarded the contract in 2010, Matalan required more than 450 bespoke collections of cardboard and polythene film per month from stores and distribution centres nationwide.

In order to deliver on such a challenging proposition, we audited each Matalan site, thereby understanding the existing collection process in place and, where possible, identified potential cost-cutting and environmentally friendly alternatives.

By making use of our vast materials knowledge, global market knowledge and direct relationships with the world’s most renowned reprocessors, Matalan are assured of the most competitive rebates for their recycled materials.

This is demonstrated by our financial transparency. We took the initiative to offer an open book pricing model to Matalan with recycling rebates linked to public price indices.


By combining their recycling and compliance under one roof, Matalan not only reduced the number of suppliers and management time required, but also reduced their packaging compliance costs by almost £50,000 per annum by offsetting their obligations with Packaging Waste Recovery notes, generated from our recycling activities.

In delivering a one-stop-shop solution to Matalan, we have demonstrated the true value in entrusting multiple services to a reliable and experienced service provider.

Valpak has surpassed our expectations of an environmental partner, delivering low-hassle and high quality service to all levels of our organisation. The quality of their communication and determination to work in our best interests continues to impress us