Again is on a mission to shift billions of units of FMCG packaging into the circular economy by building a decentralised network of automated, micro cleaning facilities, called CleanCells. The investment will aid the build of the next generation of Again’s CleanCells and launch 3-5 CleanCells across the UK later this year.
Again’s compact, shipping container sized CleanCell will use 76% less water & 90% less energy than traditional recycling methods and can efficiently process & clean thousands of packaging units each month, ready to be refilled and reused. By 2025, Again aims to power brands to reuse their packaging for cheaper than purchasing single use packaging. The pioneering cleaning technology system already matches the cost of single-use packaging for small brands. Bringing down the cost of reusable packaging will break down a significant barrier to its adoption as, despite commitments to eliminate single use plastic packaging, FMCG brands are restricted by the higher cost of reuse and the lack of cleaning infrastructure.
Again’s model is built on strategic partnerships across the entire FMCG value chain with a growing number of the world’s largest FMCG brands, retailers, reusable packaging platforms and even waste management companies. The dirty, used packaging will be collected and sent to Again’s CleanCells, where it is cleaned using its advanced cleaning system and redistributed back into the economy. The technology gives brands unique data insight into their packaging inventory and cost savings as the circular economy takes hold. Again’s plans for the decentralised planting of its CleanCells in recycling facilities, retailer’s distribution centres and FMCG brand manufacturing plants will drive significant efficiency in transportation logistics across the supply chain.
This spring, Again will pilot the collection, cleaning and redistribution of thousands of Camden Town Brewery, Johnnie Walker Black and Smirnoff bottles. In partnership with waste management company Biffa, the project will use an electric vehicle supplied by Renault to collect the bottles from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Greene King, Clays and a variety of London’s hottest nightclubs, including Brixton Jamm. Again’s pilot will help inform the future design of Again’s next generation CleanCells as it prepares to scale.