Aptus are proud to announce the launch of our Return To Recycle Scheme in what has been dubbed a landmark moment for environmental responsibility in the angling trade.
An excerpt of a recent press release from the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme (the recycling partner for Aptus' scheme), read:
In a world of plastic products, it is concerning that so little of this is recycled. Over 300 million tonnes of plastic packaging is produced each year and as little as 21% is even recycled or at best incinerated. This simply cannot be sustained for the good of our planet or aquatic environments. How often have you noticed that when returning from a shopping trip that once the items are removed from its packaging that you often have more plastic waste than you do actual items you bought?
Despite being a relatively new name in the carp tackle market Aptus have started to make their presence felt especially in its environmentally minded approach to supplying their items in sustainable packaging and also donating 1% of its total sales revenue annually to “One Percent For Water” which is directly targeted towards projects that affect real change and benefit UK waterways.
In an industry first, the forward thinking company made contact with the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme (ANLRS) with a proposal to offer all of its customers a postage paid route to return old line, braid and other smaller plastic tackle items that would otherwise often end up in landfill to them so that they can be recycled via the ANLRS and their UK recycling partner.
Viv Shears, Co-Founder of the ANLRS added
“When Jack at Aptus got in contact with his idea it felt like a landmark moment for not only anglers but also the tackle industry. The amount of plastics used for packaging in the angling industry is huge and creating a route to ensure some of this is recycled is a brilliant first step in the need to minimise the impact of plastics from angling activities including tackle purchases.
We, at the ANLRS, would like to think other companies would follow suit in doing similar schemes. After all, when it comes to environmental issues like plastics, it is not a case of being the innovator or having exclusive rights to a solution, it is about everyone doing as much as is possible on their part to help reduce the problem. A joined-up industry wide approach will make a far bigger difference and achieve greater results in the long term so our doors are open should anyone want to talk.”
In addition to their Return to Recycle scheme, Aptus have also pledged an annual donation to the ANLRS to support the scheme in making line and plastic recycling easy for anglers in both freshwater and saltwater."
Aptus customers can download the label from their account dashboard to print at home, or add a free label to their cart, which will be sent to them with their next order.
Customers that use the scheme are then rewarded with a free Aptus product the next time they place an order over £10.