ICI Painting a greener future with Cromwell Polythene
10 December 2007, News release from Cromwell Polythene
When ICI Paints discovered that their polythene and cardboard waste was mostly being sent to landfill, they acted rapidly to bring in Cromwell Polythene to collect it for recycling.
At their regional distribution centres in Goole & Stowmarket, ICI Paints use TDG, one of Europe's leading supply chain management companies, to distribute paint supplies to their Decorator Centres. The trucks would return empty and the stores would dispose of the waste locally.
Back at the Goole centre, a waste management company would collect 5-6 tonnes of polythene every week and cardboard every two weeks. When TDG discovered that this waste, which they thought was being recycled, actually went to landfill, they looked to improve the process immediately.
The cost of disposal was high, every collection was charged for and the compactor was on hire.
They contacted Yorkshire company, Cromwell Polythene, who put in a baler, at no cost, and contracted to buy the waste polythene and cardboard. Cromwell Polythene's Recycling Division segregates the different types of plastics for reprocessing which is converted into sacks and bags and re-sold.
This enabled them to rescue 156 tonnes/y from going to landfill, and give them a saving of £25,000/y.
That was just the start of much more. ICI Paints then embarked on a series of initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint. With a network of over 170 Decorator Centres across the UK there is a massive amount of polythene wrapping the pallets, and cardboard used to box up pots of paints on the pallets.
The trucks delivering to the Decorator Centres collected back the waste and drive it back to the Goole depot. The volume of waste increased dramatically and overall saving has increased to £140,000.
Cromwell Polythene is a leading supplier of 97 per cent recycled polythene refuse sacks, bin liners and bags and is now 'closing the loop' in the lifecycle of plastic bags by selling the recycled bags back to customers. James Lee, Managing Director, said "More and more companies are realising that there are many materials that can be successfully recycled, and the good news is that it's not only helping the environment, but there are also huge cost savings to be made."
Cromwell Polythene is a leading UK supplier of refuse sacks, bin liners and bags to councils and the waste management, healthcare, cleaning and hygiene sectors.
They have been established for nearly 25 years, during which time they have committed themselves to reducing their environmental footprint by not only promoting recycled polythene throughout their product range, but also in collecting waste plastics in return loads for recycling.
Their plastics recovery and recycling activities - currently 50% by weight of total sales - supply waste plastics into UK reprocessors and thereby return waste packaging to the production cycle.
Their aim to is sell products made from recycled material and encourage their use in order to develop sustainable markets. The majority of their stock range is produced from (97%) recycled polythene.
For further information please email Cromwell Polythene