Cambrian Packaging supports project to recycle single-use plastics

Kate Copeland, founder of the Globe Foundation, with Lloyd Harvey, Cambrian sales executive, at the launch of the Eco Centre in Uttoxeter

A Welsh packaging company is supporting an innovative project which will help to reduce plastic waste.

Cambrian Packaging has 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.

The cash 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.

Speaking at the opening of the Eco Centre on Friday, Lloyd Harvey, Sales Executive at Cambrian Packaging, said: “We are supporting this project because of our own interest in recycled plastic packaging, which we currently supply in the form of our Ecycle material, which is rHDPE used at 100 per cent.

“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.”

The Globe Foundation was set up in February and the Litterbug Project was born following calls from the community to address the issue of single-use plastics and recycling.

Founder Kate Copeland said: “Plastics aren’t the enemy, but people need to use the material responsibly; we are trying to tell people this through education and by working with companies like Cambrian. We need to make it clear which plastics are recyclable, and how to address problem plastics such as black plastic packaging – which we will be able to recycle on a smaller scale on our site.

“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.”

Cambrian Packaging, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, supplies a variety of clients internationally, including big brands like Bio-D, Lush, Autosmart, Bob Martin, Carr Day & Martin, Greggs and Lakeland. For more information visit cambrianpackaging.co.uk.

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