News in brief – Plastics (01/09/2022)

With news of Cromwell Polythene’s freehold purchase; Chase Plastics and recycled polythene; and RECOUP’s recycling awards

Cromwell Polythene invests at Alfreton site

Cromwell Polythene has announced a “business expansion” with the purchase of its polythene manufacturing and recycling facility premises in Alfreton, where it makes recycled pellets.

The Alfreton facility of Cromwell Polythene’s CPR Manufacturing

In 2019 Cromwell, which is based in Sherburn upon Elmet, Leeds, developed a division to boost its capacity to recover and process scrap polythene called CPR Manufacturing, at Alfreton, Derbyshire.

Cromwell said this week that it has made strides to increase its capacity to recover, reprocess and manufacture LDPE (Low Density Polythene) film and bags, furthering the organisations ambitions to stimulate the domestic circular economy of resources.

Commercial director, Alex Lee said: “We’re excited to be manufacturing high quality recycled polythene products right here in the UK, which is supported by our purpose built 7,000 pallet space warehousing and distribution facility. This effective combination is helping deliver quick, controlled, and strategic access to critical packaging film and sacks to Cromwell’s trading partners.”

The company said that the next logical step has been to acquire the freehold of the Alfreton premises, ahead of the next phase of development and investment at the Derbyshire site. Mr Lee explained: “We plan to modernise the site, reconfiguring the spaces to maximise throughput efficiency and increase our output capacities.”

Chase Plastics showcases Recothene at German exhibition

Chase Plastics has announced its participation at Germany’s K 2022 show in October where it will showcase the its Recothene recycled polyethylene (rPE) range of recycled content solutions for polythene film manufacturers.

Recycled pellet, known as Recothene, from Chase Plastics

The company said that exhibiting is “the culmination of a three year programme of investment”.

“With the  transition to a circular economy now underway, we see K 2022  as the ideal platform to demonstrate how Recothene rPE can help polythene film manufacturers contribute to the circular economy and reduce the carbon footprint of their products,” commented Johnstone Smith, managing director at Chase Plastics.

He continued: “The world has woken up to the urgent need to rethink how transit packaging is handled at the end of its life. The need to break the cycle of disposal via landfill or export is clear.  Whether we use or manufacture transit packaging, we all have a part to play.  Many businesses can support the transition to a circular economy through ensuring their used polythene is sent for recycling post-use whilst polythene film manufacturers can move from a linear model towards a circular model by reformulating their products to incorporate Recothene.”

RECOUP reveals plastics recycling awards shortlist

Plastics recycling charity, RECOUP, has published its list of finalists for two awards it will be presenting at its annual conference later this month.

Stuart Foster, RECOUP’s chief executive, said “Ensuring recyclability of packaging and products, and manufacturing new products with recycled plastics are two key elements of a successful plastic recycling system. With the intention to significantly increase plastic recycling as part of a circular economy model, there is an ongoing need to showcase and promote innovations to increase recyclability, and practical applications of recycled plastics into both closed and open loop products.”

Best Development or Innovation to Enhance Recyclability or Re-use

  • PREP Design – Roll ‘n’ Recycle
  • Greiner Packaging – K3® r100
  • Waste Free Oceans with Partners – Corona beverage crate
  • Waddington Europe – Hot Fill rPET Containers
  • Berry Global – Closed Loop Recycled Paint Containers.

Recycled Plastic Product of the Year category the finalists are:

  • Waste2Wear – I used to be a fridge bag
  • Faerch UK Ltd – Tesco and Faerch deliver tray to tray recycling
  •  Nestlé Waters UK – BUXTON® Natural Mineral Water
  • Packamama – Packamama eco-flat wine bottle
  • Waste Free Oceans and partner DFS, Plastix and Epsotech – Circular Ropes
  • Waste Free Oceans and partner Euro Optics – ReFocus Circular Reading glasses and Sun glasses
  • Beko PLC – Recycled tub washing machine
  • Cromwell Polythene – The r.UK sack
  • Yes Recycling Fife – Ecosheet
  • TRANSFORM-CE – Recycled products manufactured from PCR.

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