In today’s world of more scarce and expensive resources, recycling and circular services are more important than ever. While paper hand towels are the preferred method of hand drying, only 1% are currently recovered for recycling, indicating that paper hand towels remain an untapped opportunity for a circular business model.
Tork PaperCircle is the world’s first circular recycling service for used paper hand towels, turning waste into new tissue products. ISS is one of the global service companies which has begun implementing Tork PaperCircle at large client sites in some of its European markets. The service is installed in washrooms where used paper towels are collected in a designated bin, which ISS’s cleaning staff then remove for transportation to Essity’s local mill for recycling into paper towels and other tissue products. As a result, ISS helps clients reduce their paper towel waste by up to 20% and cut paper towel carbon footprint by up to 40%.
“ISS has committed to reaching full-scope net zero emissions by 2040, throughout our full supply chain. And as the world’s largest cleaning provider, we strive to be a catalyst of real change in our industry by developing and implementing environmentally friendly products and practices – in close strategic partnerships with our suppliers and clients. Not one company can solve the climate crisis on their own, so collaboration is essential in building a more sustainable future”, said Tracy Nilsson, Global Head of Sustainability at ISS World Services A/S.
“We are excited to increase the recycling of used hand towels with the help of ISS and their extensive customer base. Together we can make a difference in our Industry by partnering and sharing knowledge and innovations that reduce the environmental impact, whilst still securing hygiene and efficiency” said Jan Salomon, Key Account Director at Essity Professional Hygiene.
Tork PaperCircle is now available in 14 countries in Europe, reaching more than 35 million users in airports, offices and other locations. By creating a circular loop for paper hand towels, Essity and its Tork brand are leading the way for industry change.
Tork PaperCircle is just one example of Essity’s contribution to the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, and as a Global Compact signatory, towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
ISS is a leading workplace experience and facility management company. In partnership with customers, ISS drives the engagement and well-being of people, minimises the impact on the environment, and protects and maintains property. ISS brings all of this to life through a unique combination of data, insight and service excellence at offices, factories, airports, hospitals and other locations across the globe. ISS has more than 350,000 employees around the globe, who we call “placemakers”. In 2021, ISS Group’s global revenue amounted to DKK 71 billion. For more information on the ISS Group, visit www.issworld.com