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Fourth time’s a waste-free charm

Four manufacturing sites hit zero waste to landfill status for Berry bpi group

Berry bpi group has announced that they now have four sites confirmed to have achieved Zero-Waste to Landfill status.

The business, the UK’s largest producer of refuse sacks and the largest polythene recycler in Europe, had already received accreditation at three of its UK manufacturing sites, and now the site of PLASgran Ltd – the rigid plastics recycler it bought last year – now also sends nothing to landfill.

The company has also signed up to Operation Clean Sweep, the international plastics industry initiative to reduce plastic pellet waste ending up in rivers, oceans and beaches.

Berry bpi group’s Daryl Winder commented: “The environmental benefits of recycling plastic are becoming more widely recognised, in turn maximising reusable material and diverting waste from landfills and the ocean. For these reasons we’re proud to produce finished product from post-consumer plastic with zero waste from the process.”

The four sites received Zero Waste to Landfill certification from Valpak. This means the sites are:

•Sending zero waste to landfill – including production, hazardous and packaging waste.
•Sending a limited amount of waste to be used for energy from waste (EfW) purposes.
•Committed to continuously improve, by reducing the amount of waste created and sent for incineration.

Of the waste sent offsite, the amount being recycled has increased from 20% in 2016 when the business first achieved Zero Waste status, to 52% today.

The sites have gained ISO 14001 accreditation for environmental management, which helps to control the amount of waste being generated. The company also continues to train staff, raise the profile of waste management on site, and increase waste segregation.

Daryl added: “It’s now more important than ever that we walk the talk when it comes to waste. I am proud of what we have achieved, getting buy-in from staff at our sites and in developing the right culture with people that are committed to eliminating waste wherever possible, which is why we’re also engaging with schools to educate children on the importance of segregating plastic for recycling, through our ‘Recycle with Riley’ campaign.”

Berry bpi group receives tens of thousands of tonnes of scrap polythene per year and recycles it into finished goods. It manufactures its flagship and award-winning environmental Green Sack range from 100% recycled UK farm polythene.

The company also has a wider refuse and healthcare portfolio, including domestic waste, compactor and compostable sacks, caddy liners and clinical waste sacks. The entire refuse sack range has the relevant technical CHSA certifications and UN approval.

www.bpi-refuse.com

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