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Malcolm Waugh appointed CEO of Frugalpac

Malcolm Waugh has been appointed as the new CEO of recyclable packaging manufacturer Frugalpac, effective immediately, it was announced on Monday (15 October).

Waugh has over 30 years’ experience in the packaging sector, most notably having previously worked as Tetra Pak’s Commercial Director for the UK and Ireland for 15 years between 1992 and 2007. He has also served as Managing Director and Group Commercial Director at Essentra PLC, an international manufacturer and supplier of plastic, paper, fibre components and services.

A significant part of Waugh’s new role be will to build on Frugalpac’s progress in the recyclable packaging sector in recent years. Its current product range includes recyclable cups, cartons, bottles and pots, with each product being fully recyclable as well as being made from recycled or sustainable materials capable of being recycled with currently available waste management infrastructure.

Malcolm Waugh appointed CEO of Frugalpac
Malcolm Waugh, new CEO of Frugalpac.

An immediate priority for Frugalpac will be tackling coffee cup waste. Currently, the UK uses over 2.5 billion disposable cups are used every year in the UK, with only one out of every 400 being recycled. If the cup lids are included, 4.1 billion drinks cups and lids are estimated to be used this year, with that figure predicted to rise by 33 per cent by 2030. The Frugal Cup, which adds only a very thin layer of plastic to the inner layer of the cup, was introduced in 2016 and Frugalpac claims that it is able to be recycled in UK paper mills.

Commenting on his appointment, Waugh said: “I am delighted to be appointed Frugalpac’s new CEO. I am looking forward to changing the way the industry designs and manufacturers packaging in order to solve some of the most pressing societal and environmental challenges the world faces today through a focus on product over system reform.”

Jeremy Young, Chairman of Frugalpac, added: “We are delighted to welcome Malcolm on board. Following a thorough recruitment process, we believe that his extensive experience in manufacturing and packaging make him the perfect individual to take Frugalpac forward. Malcolm is a hugely positive and energetic business leader with a tenacious appetite to win. His experience in developing diverse groups of people into high performing teams will serve him well in his new position.”

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