COLLABORATION IS KEY ACROSS
THE SUPPLY CHAIN: A CASE STUDY

Charpak, Amey and Jayplas are working together to create a revolutionary first for the UK plastic packaging industry with a localised circular economy which is illustrated here.

 

Lead by Charpak, the companies are collaborating to produce food grade recycled packaging from UK household kerbside collected materials.

 

As the waste contractors for Cambridge City, Peterborough City and the County of Cambridgeshire, Amey will sort the recyclable plastics at their MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) in Cambridgeshire, supplying the collected plastics to Jayplas, who will wash, clean and reprocess the recycled material into plastic sheet.

The next step is for our customers to join this programme ensuring the products are sold nationally for customers to purchase the recycled and reused packs.

Jayplas supply these recycled materials to Charpak to create new packaging for their UK nationwide network of customers. Therefore, the waste produced in Cambridgeshire travels few road miles before it is reused in future plastic packaging, reducing carbon emissions and environmental impact.

 

This sustainable framework ensures businesses reuse more and more household discarded single use plastics improving Cambridgeshire’s recycling performance. The minimum PCW (post-consumer waste) content used will be 50%. The ambition is to achieve over 90% recycled material. The initiative coincides with Charpak’s launch of its latest technical innovation, the Twist-Loc tub. This patented product has been six years in development. The pack is designed to replace existing products in the market – tubs and pots that are either not recycled or are less recyclable. Twist-Loc will be produced from recycled rPET through our closed loop scheme and is 100% recyclable.

 

The major breakthrough with the technical design of this pack is the twist open/close action and the addition of a tamper evidence tab that is integral to the pack. The integral tamper evidence offers cost savings to Charpak’s customers and the whole pack is lighter than its competitor with the attendant C02 saving through shipping costs. It is also designed for existing automated filling lines with minimal investment required for the closing procedure.

 

Charpak are in talks with Business in The Community, the local authority, and RECAP Waste Partnership to create and design an educational project (with Cambridgeshire Schools in partnership with Amey and our local reprocessor, Jayplas). This will help educate the next generation on the importance of recycling and how new plastic products are created from their recycled plastics.

 

The integrated programme will take them through the whole journey from buying products in store, or online, to putting it in the bin, the collection and recycling process, including the cleaning and suitability for food contact, to the return to Charpak where it is reused as the next generation of packaging.

 

The next step is for our customers to join this programme ensuring the products are sold nationally for customers to purchase the recycled and reused packs.

Charpak will utilise our skills to teach the children. We aim to be a key resource for local schools. This commitment and investment is so we can drive sustainability for the future and we aim to inspire the next generation of circular economy, waste, packaging professionals, designers, engineers and scientists while we are doing this!

 

These solutions are both replicable and scalable across the UK, and in other countries. This is feasible nationwide with collaborations across the whole supply chain and across industries.

 

Both big and small businesses can follow this lead both with plastics and other materials, driving value into the waste stream, creating collaborative partnerships which not only educate but operate in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable way to make a real difference to the community and the environment.

 

When more businesses take action it is possible to create a new circular economy model of closed loop systems bringing sustainability into our industry. Charpak are not waiting for legislation; this is already part of the company’s modus operandi.

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