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Our stance on recycling
plastic packaging

We believe the best approach to recycling plastic packaging is to take conventional petro-chemical-based plastics and recycle them for further use. This avoids packaging being disposed of by incineration, being sent to landfill or polluting watercourses. We support this view by stocking bottles manufactured in Ecycle™, which is recycled standard HDPE used at 100%.

Bio-based plastic (sometimes called bioplastic) is made from polymers derived from renewable biomass sources such as starch, vegetable fats and oils, agricultural waste, woodchips etc. This material has a certain value of its own in that it doesn’t use fossil-based resources but it can’t be recycled along with conventional plastic and can’t be easily identified once it has been formed into packaging. The result is contamination of feed stocks of conventional plastics collected for recycling and therefore reduction in worldwide effectiveness of recycling.

With the inclusion of certain additives, conventional plastic can be made to biodegrade at an accelerated rate. This material is often described as ‘bio-degradable plastic.’ While this material does decompose over a much shorter time in comparison to conventional plastic, this attribute also renders the constituents in the plastics much more likely to be ingested by wildlife, in particular marine life.

Our belief is that the collection, reprocessing and reuse of conventional plastic is the best way forward.

You can find general product and material guidance below. For specific information per product please contact us

How can you recycle plastic packaging?

To help people understand what types of plastic can be recycled, we have put together some helpful advice and information on this page. All modern plastic items have a stamp on them indicating what category of plastic they fall into (this is usually displayed on the bottom of the product). There are seven categories, which are listed below.

Our commitments

Cambrian Packaging has been inspected and is successfully accredited to ISO 14001:2015. Please view our current certification at

Cambrian Packaging has also chosen The Globe Foundation as its 2019 charitable cause and has donated almost £3,000 towards the Litterbug Project, a community-led plastic recycling initiative based at the not-for-profit’s new Eco Centre in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. You can find out more about the Globe Foundation here.

The investment has funded a vital machine which will help to recycle single-use plastics and transform them into craft projects and useful reusable items for social benefit.

Lloyd Harvey, Sales Executive at Cambrian Packaging, said: “We believe education is the way forward, to ensure consumers know which plastics can be recycled and also where to deposit the waste products. We hope to further support this exciting project and we are interested to see if the model can be adapted in other areas.”

Globe Foundation Founder Kate Copeland said: “We really appreciate Cambrian’s support and thanks to their donation we will be able to buy a bespoke shredder, made from recycled materials. We hope to raise more money and are currently obtaining grant funding for other machines, including a 3D printer, which will allow us to create items such as bracelets, pendants, cups, plates and even disability cuffs. We can donate some of these items to other charitable groups as well as sell products to fund the project to ensure it is sustainable.”

We are also a recognised Recycle Now partner and this year we took part in Recycle Week 2018. Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP and used locally by over 90% of English authorities.