Historically, there have been three approaches to dealing with rubbish. The most basic approach employed by our hunter-gatherer ancestors involved just leaving their waste where it was and moving on to the next hunting ground or berry harvest. Once agriculture became sufficiently advanced for humans to live in settled communities, waste became more of a problem. Humankind adopted two solutions: burn it or bury it. In some respects, very little has changed in 10,000 years. Much of our waste goes into landfill and we also use incinerators to turn our waste produce into energy. Burn it or Bury it? Each have well-documented negative environmental impacts.
Happily, there is a fourth approach that may just stop ourselves from drowning in our own waste-management policies. Recycling is the most sustainable way of dealing with rubbish and most plastics are recyclable. The European Union has recently introduced targets that aim to increase the amount of waste that is being recycled. A target has been set for 70% of municipal waste to be recycled and prepared for re-use by 2030. For packaging this target increases to 80%.
At Coda Plastics Ltd, we are already doing our bit. We understand that plastic waste is a fantastic resource material. So not only do we recycle our own waste plastics, we take in waste from other manufacturers and re-use it to make new products.
If your company is looking at plastic packaging as an option for a product and want to be certain that the manufacturer you are dealing with has a responsible approach to the environment, please contact us on 01692 501020.