Recycled plastic packaging

Our approach to developing a circular economy

We believe that the best approach to tackling the plastic problem is to collect used conventional petro-chemical based plastics and to recycle for further use.

By giving used plastics new life, the global littering problem can be addresses, less plastic will pollute our seas and the value of used packaging with potential for re-use can be maximised rather that the waste items being incinerated or be sent to landfill. Cambrian provides companies with a choice of recycled plastic packaging. Our spray bottles and jerry cans are available in Ecycle™, recycled HDPE.

Cambrian Packaging wholeheartedly supports the move towards a circular economy. We’re committed to change, and our methods demonstrate that plastic isn’t a problem if efficient recycling is embraced. We hope to see further improvements in the UK’s domestic recycling capacity aided by better consumer education about how and why materials should be recycled. We know that real progress can only be made if PCR polymer is consistently available to manufacturers so rapid expansion of the UK plastics recycling sector will be essential to establish sufficient supply ahead of the proposed Packging Tax (April 2022) and forus as a nation and society to make tangible progress toward sustainability. This may require significant corporate and government investment and as a company we look forward to such moves in the near future to better aid suppliers, manufacturers and consumers in their desire to reduce plastic pollution.

More and more brands are waking up to the importance of choosing PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic made from at least 25% recycled material. To respond to the demand, 95% of our Ecycle™ material is recycled with the remainder being process chemicals necessary for satisfactory production.

Bioplastic and 'bio-degradable' plastic is not the answer!

Bio-based plastic (sometimes called bioplastic) is usually made from starch, vegetable fats and oils, agricultural waste and woodchips. This material is seen as eco-friendly but in fact still forms part of the littering issue and there are also golbal concerns that land used to produce crops for processing into polymer should be growing food. 

With the inclusion of certain additives, conventional plastic can be made to biodegrade at an accelerated rate; this material is often called ‘bio-degradable plastic’ but in reality, it usually requires treatment in specialised industrial composting facilities. Decomposition in the natural state does take place at a faster rate than standard plastics but nowhere near fast enough for these bottle to avoid becoming litter or polluting our oceans.

Some ‘bio-degradable’ plastic also give off gas as they decompose, this is an undesirable characteristic with its own problems. The main issue with ‘bio-degradable plastic’ is that it is indistinguishable from conventional plastic and once introduced to feed stocks for recycling, its inclusion severely mitigates the effectiveness of the process and renders the whole batch fit for landfill only. This characteristic renders the material a threat to increasing the amount of recycling we can acheive. 

Our belief is that the collection and reprocessing of conventional plastic waste for further use as a constituent in the manufacture of plastic packaging is the best way forward.

General product and material guidance is below, for specific information per product, please contact us

What can consumers do to help?

If we’re all better educated about what types of plastics can be recycled, this will speed up our progress towards the circular economy. All modern plastic items have their resin identification code moulded in during production (this is usually displayed on the bottom of the product in the case of bottles, tubs, pails etc). There are seven categories, which are listed below:

Our commitments

Cambrian Packaging has been externally certified to meet the stringent criteria of ISO 14001:2015. Please view our current certification here

We are also a recognised Recycle Now partner, and for the past two years we’ve supported Recycle Week. The next event of this type is Recycle Week 2021, scheduled for 21st – 27th September. 

Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP, and is used locally by over 90% of English authorities.

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