The Coveris Circular Economy Part II: How our Louth site is turning waste into high-performance films for industrial use
Operating its own circular economy through the reprocessing of plastic and general waste streams, Louth’s recycling process remains one of Coveris’ best hidden environmental secrets. Reclaiming and regranulating films through our own extrusion process, we turn waste into new high-performance materials for industrial applications.
What do we recycle?
Over 6,000T of our waste films (either spoilage, customer collection or redundant use) is recovered, regranulated and downcycled into new films for industrial application. This is predominantly damp-proof membrane (DPM) films for building work, temporary protection sheeting for asbestos removal for example, and flame-retardant film for buildings and insulation.
In addition, the site is now trialling the recycling of its own polypropylene which has been successfully applied to temporary protection sheeting products manufactured in our building film department. This will allow the recycling of lower-grade OPP waste.
How does this contribute to a circular economy?
By recycling our own waste and taking this out of the commercial waste stream, we are making a major sustainable impact and delivering a long-term circular model.
What could we be doing to help?
Implementing projects and initiatives to reduce our own waste at source, we can increase the amount of waste recycling from others. Also, by working to recycle different plastic grades we can further reduce the amount going to market.
For further information or guidance on the above initiatives please contact either:
Jason Strickland (Site HSE Co-ordinator)
Stuart Turner (Building Film and Reclaim Manager)