As we continue our move away from plastic packaging the UK, HSM UK looks into how perforating machines will help to keep recycling in-house, providing insight into UK sustainability.
According to a 2017 study, the UK has increased recycling efforts from under a third (31%) in 1998 to almost two thirds (64%).While this may seem impressive at face value, there are cracks beginning to show.
A 2017 government report estimated that our households and businesses use around 11 million tonnes of packaging each year. The UK simply doesn’t have the required infrastructure to be able to recycle all of its own waste, resulting in most of it being sent abroad. A recent report made by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed that we may not actually be recycling as much as we think because of this.
Once abroad, the UK as a whole loses an element of control on the waste that’s handed over. It’s here that we risk the possibility of our large amounts of waste going straight to landfill, presenting a crucial issue. That’s not to mention the increased pressure the UK has been put under as a result of the recent China Import ban.
So, with that in mind, what’s the answer?
A new way of recycling
New technologies mean new possibilities and perforating machines seem to be the next opportunity presenting itself to our vertical markets.
By recycling cardboard off-cuts, it reduces or removes the need to purchase and use single use plastic alternatives such as bubble wrap, which can result in costly monthly outgoings. Using a recycled alternative saves on the cost of packaging materials, in many cases saves on the cost of having excess cardboard collected for recycling and significantly adds to your green credentials.
Implementing a perforation system into your processes
Not only does a perforation system generate economic and ecological packaging, it also gives virtually any UK company that needs to protectively package products for despatch the possibility to regain control over their recycling efforts.
Simon Ellin, CEO of the Recycling Association said, “in-house perforation of used cardboard helps to move the product up the waste hierarchy where re-use is a resource efficient option.
“What I particularly like about perforation solutions is that they offer a viable alternative to plastics packaging such as bubble wrap and expanded polystyrene. Using perforated cardboard is much more environmentally friendly and offers the end user a recycling option that plastic products don’t.
I really like the idea of perforation becoming a part of a sustainable recycling process. It’s now time for packers/fillers across the UK to have a closer look at what perforation could offer them as a sustainable packaging solution.”