Plastic Waste and Recycling
With the eyes of the world quite rightly focussed on the issue of plastic waste and other general environmental issues, we’re very pleased to reassure our customers that we too share these concerns.
We also believe in the saying that ‘actions speak louder than words’ and with this in mind, our team at our headquarters on the outskirts of Romsey, Hampshire, has put into place a number of proactive measures to lessen our company’s impact on the environment – all of which contribute towards CPV’s wider commitment to gaining certification to the ISO 14001 standards for Environmental Management.
Whilst we’ve previously publicised our ambitious planting of 4,500 native trees on our 89-acre site, there’s a lot more going on with the day-to-day operations in our production facility that address the four ‘R’s of Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose.
We’re a business that primarily uses plastics and the bulk of those are thermoplastics. This type of polymer lends itself to being recycled and, as such, when we have any waste plastic materials from the extrusion process, or offcuts from our thermoplastic fabrications, they get collected by a specialist company and processed for reuse. We take a proportion of these processed materials back in a granular form so that they can be added to virgin materials for extrusion – only of course, where the product’s specification allows.
Our products, by their very nature have a long service life – in many cases as long as fifty-plus years. Furthermore, they’re often being used in applications that are benefitting the wider environment – such as heat networks that lower carbon emissions from the heating and cooling sectors. Being mostly plastic, they too can be recycled, and the materials utilised elsewhere, further extending the life of the raw materials consumed in the initial product.
Our extrusion lines all use water as a coolant during the production process and this is also filtered and fed back into the extrusion systems to cut down on our site’s water consumption. Other items such as paper, cardboard, wood and metals are also recycled. We’re constantly looking at ways of improving what we do and as we work towards gaining our ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification, we’ll be implementing many more measures – such as the recently fitted occupancy-sensing super-efficient LED lighting in our new factory extension.