16 January 2020 by James Langley

Cromwell acquires Moorgreen Flexible Packaging

Leeds-based waste and recycling sack supplier Cromwell Polythene has purchased Moorgreen Flexible Packaging from Duo Plastics Limited.

Moorgreen Flexible Packaging, based in Alfreton in Derbyshire, recycles and manufactures polythene, film, bags and sacks from recycled and prime virgin polythene.

James Lee, managing director of Cromwell Polythene said the move represents an “exciting chapter” for the company and pledged to invest more in the Alfreton site.

Cromwell Polythene, based in Leeds, supplies products for the capture and containment of waste and recyclables

“We have enjoyed a good business relationship with Moorgreen for over 20 years and always admired their recycling, film extrusion and print capabilities, flexible lead times and competitive pricing.

“The dedication and skills of the workforce are self-evident and show through in the quality, presentation, and performance of the films.

“The business is a good fit with the Cromwell group; they have excellent operations and employees are committed to the business.

“We are looking forward to more investment in the Alfreton site, to strengthen our UK recycling and manufacturing, furthering our ambitions to help grow the circular economy.”

While the trading name will change to Cromwell Plastics Recycling, the Moorgreen business will continue to trade as usual.

All staff have been retained and Cromwell said that new jobs will be created with the addition of new conversion lines for bag-making.


Cromwell Polythene moved recently into its purpose-built headquarters and distribution facility at Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Selby in North Yorkshire.

“We have enjoyed a good business relationship with Moorgreen for over 20 years”

James Lee

The company produces waste and recycling sacks, film, made-to-order products and more from polythene.

These products are supplied to the waste management sector, local authorities, healthcare, the janitorial industry, the packaging market and industrial and consumer end-users.


Duo UK, which previously owned Moorgreen, is based in Manchester and established in 1988, which specialises in packaging products.

It claims to be the first UK manufacturer to produce mailing bags from GreenPE, a thermoplastic resin made from sugar cane.

Anthony Brimelow, commercial director at Duo UK, said: “We have seen a significant increase in client demand for products using recycled polythene to create more sustainable packaging solutions.

“To handle this increase in demand, the business made the decision to sell its partner company, Moorgreen Flexible Packaging in Derbyshire, to Cromwell Polythene and will invest the funds from the sale into the expansion of our site in Manchester to accommodate the new machinery.”


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