DS Smith Pledges Commitment To Plastic Recycling Rates

plastic-recycling-DS-SmithDS Smith has pledged its commitment to the UK’s Plastic Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP), a programme focussed on improving recycling rates by bringing together producers, consumers, recyclers and reprocessors of plastics.

The programme works to highlight where improvements may be made to enhance plastic collection rates, adopt best-in-class collection methods, optimise sorting infrastructure and develop end markets for recycled plastic. PIRAP is part of the Plastics 2020 challenge sponsored by PlasticsEurope, the British

Jonathan Edmunds – “It is crucial that we continue to make sure we handle plastics sustainably and avoid sending this material to landfill, because this is a waste of a valuable resource”

Plastics Foundation and The Packaging and Films Association. Other members signed up to PIRAP include brands such as Nestle and Unilever, as well as organisations such as the Resource Association.

DS Smith’s commercial manager, Jonathan Edmunds, who is responsible for the recycling division’s UK plastics, said: ”Joining PIRAP complements DS Smith’s core values and vision in collecting quality materials for recycling.

“It reinforces our commitment of designing and creating optimised packaging made of resilient materials that can be re-used, recycled and re-purposed for multiple life cycles.”

Plastic Recycling

PIRAP values are already incorporated in the operations of DS Smith’s Plastics Division, with many of its products such as moulded plastic crates, plastic pallets, graphic boards and containers designed to be re-used for years, recycled and re-purposed into new products at the end of their useful life.

Jonathan Edmunds said: “DS Smith has long been a champion of quality improvement, finding the balance in creating packaging that does the job with the least amount of material, energy, space utilisation, and is fully recyclable.”

DS Smith’s Recycling Division collects a diversity of recyclable plastic streams that retain their value for use in closed loop recycling applications. It has recently started supplying carrier bag manufacturers with UK hand sorted plastic films sourced from UK supermarkets. The carrier bag manufacturers are able to use this plastic film to produce Bags for Life to be supplied back to supermarkets.

Jonathan Edmunds added: “It is crucial that we continue to make sure we handle plastics sustainably and avoid sending this material to landfill, because this is a waste of a valuable resource. It’s also important that we support programmes such as PIRAP which enable our industry to work together to develop better recycling schemes and goals for the future.”


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