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Casepak has been providing recycling and waste management solutions since the early 1970s. With such a long history, it’s no surprise that many public and private sector organisations have employed one or more of our sustainable waste management solutions to help them reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and improve resource recovery.

We also help them to comply with waste legislation.

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Streamlined recycling system = more efficient operations for KeCo


Cambridgeshire-based KeCo Food Service Packaging was looking for a solution to improve the efficiency of its waste recovery system, with a view to minimising manual handling and reducing labour costs.

The company, which creates and supplies food packaging solutions, specialising in convenience food, produces a large amount of waste card and plastic materials which needed to be removed from the site as effectively as possible.

Having previously worked together, KeCo approached Casepak and tasked the team with providing a new outlook to the company’s waste and recycling processes.


Following a complete review, part of Casepak’s solution was to install a complete waste extraction on-site. This included a Thetford T2 Compactor, a baler and a compaction container for the collection and removal of waste card and plastic materials.

With new equipment installed, Casepak also provided KeCo with four 1,100 litre wheelie bins to make the collection of waste easier.

The extraction system that was put in place helped to create a more manageable waste disposal solution, allowing material to be handled much more simply and efficiently.

Recyclables are then collected by Casepak and delivered and sorted at its Collections and Processing Facility in Enderby.


Casepak’s tailored approach to recycling solutions helped to improve the overall efficiency of KeCo’s day-to-day operations. Not only has the new plan helped to reduce manual handling, but it has also helped to save space and money.

Jamie Kearns, Director at KeCo, said: “Although we are a new start-up business, we have been using Casepak’s services for our waste control over the past 20 years through other businesses, and have a great relationship with them. In our opinion, they are the industry leaders and provide a first class solution for our business.

“With Casepak, we’ve always found that everything is straight forward. From initial discussions through to quick, efficient and quality installation, the Casepak team are excellent at offering great service. Casepak is a great company to work with.

“We are already starting to see the benefits of installing the solution. Departmental output figures have increased by 40 per cent and manual handling has diminished.”

Vikki Brown, Casepak’s Business Development Executive, commented: “Having previously worked alongside members of KeCo’s staff, we were in a good position to design and deliver a bespoke waste management solution for their new venture. KeCo choosing to continue this relationship is testament to the hard work and dedication put in by our team and we look forward to working with KeCo for many years to come.”

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Casepak puts The DK Group on the road to zero waste to landfill


The DK Group operates two businesses from its main site in Rugby:

1. DK Packaging – the designer and manufacturer of nationwide packaging solutions

2. DK Packing & Casemaking – contract packers for the automotive industry.
With two factories on its Rugby site, waste material built up quickly and a solution to deal with the excess material was needed. It was important that the company employed to manage the material was centrally located and offered a cost effective solution to serve both sites.


Following a competitive tender process, Casepak was awarded the contract to handle the cardboard waste. Casepak designed a tailored solution to suit the two facilities at DK Group Packaging’s site. The solution facilitated:

The material is then collected by Casepak and sent to its Collections and Processing Facility in Enderby for processing.


Casepak’s solution benefited DK Group Packaging as operations were updated and space on both sites was made available due to waste being compacted before storage.

Due to the close proximity of DK Packaging Group’s site and Casepak’s facility, the material is no longer transported long distance, meaning fewer harmful emissions and reduced overall consumption of fuel for heavy duty road vehicles.

In addition to this, the company was able to create an additional revenue stream through the disposal of its waste cardboard and plastic.

Kim Dutfield, DK Group Packaging’s Director, said: “Casepak offers us a bespoke recycling, collection and processing solution which fits in with our requirements.

“It’s important to us that Casepak’s site is centrally located to our sites, which makes the process more efficient and environmentally friendly.

“Members of staff are all using the new system and have seen first-hand the benefits of streamlined operations.”

Craig Russell, DK Packing & Casemaking Director, added: “This project’s success is a result of great collaboration between DKPC & DKGP to find the best fit solution for the joint site facility. Casepak has brought the immediate benefits of improved service resulting in site efficiencies and transparency to the waste management to enable traceability for both commercial and regulations demands. We are very much looking forward to the next project to move towards zero waste to landfill.”

Vikki Brown, Casepak’s Business Support Executive, said: “It’s always refreshing to see a large organisation take steps to create a more sustainable future while improving its waste and recycling processes.”

The second phase of general waste collection will ensure that The DK Group is on the right track to becoming a zero waste to landfill organisation – something which is important to both the business and its clients.


Casepak working in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan


The Vale of Glamorgan Council sought to increase the quality and value of its co-mingled recyclable material produced from 55,000 households within the Vale.

Following a competitive tender process, the Council chose Casepak’s solution for the three year, 12,000 tonne per annum (PA) contract, which began in April 2014 (with the option to extend for a further year).


Casepak was awarded the contract based on its focus on quality. It also offered the most economic advantages to the Vale, which allowed the Council to plan for increasing recycling performance and offer the best value service for its residents.

As part of the contract, Casepak collects and processes 12,000 tonnes PA of recyclable material including glass, aluminium and paper at its state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Leicester.

Furthermore, Casepak and the Vale of Glamorgan are working within the criteria set by the revised Waste Framework Directive by:


The contract focuses on recycling excellence; Casepak ensures that material from the Vale is of high quality once it has been processed through the MRF. Furthermore, the Council aims to increase the Vale’s recycling rate over the coming years through its partnership with Casepak.

Councillor Rob Curtis, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Casepak over the next three to four years to achieve quality processes and increased sustainable management of recyclable materials produced within the Vale.

“I believe this partnership will prove advantageous to the Council, Vale residents and Casepak alike. Together we will be aiming to provide the best kerbside recycling service that meets all stakeholder needs.”


Greenshires gets ‘greener’ with Casepak

The objective

Casepak was commissioned by Leicester-based Greenshires, one of the UK’s largest printed marketing material suppliers, to help improve its waste management system. The company’s existing infrastructure lagged behind its competitors, meaning much of its waste was entering landfill unnecessarily. Its dated waste management equipment had also become unreliable.

The solution

Casepak supplied Greenshires with a comprehensive and bespoke waste management programme and updated range of equipment to process its recyclable materials. This included installing a high-specification waste extraction system and filter from Impact Air; two Thetford compactor units, including a T3 model with rear-loading facility; a Pakawaste Powerkube semi-automatic baler; and a Pakawaste VB56 vertical baler.

The outcome

Greenshires’ environmental credentials have received an impressive boost following Casepak’s services.
As a result of Casepak installing separate bins, Greenshires is now able to separate cardboard and plastic from its waste stream. Greenshires carried out an extensive environmental education programme to explain to staff the importance of separating waste and, as a result, it received £50,000 from Casepak in the first year of the partnership for the material which has been recycled.

Enabling Greenshires to separate its waste effectively reduced the number of collections of office waste each week by a third, saving the company money.

Casepak solved problems arising from waste management procedures at the site. Outdated balance fans had created a noise problem for nearby residents, and led to the emission of dust fibres. Working alongside Impact Air, Casepak supplied Greenshires with an up-to-date system which prevents dust escaping into the atmosphere, instead recycling by cleaning it and using it to warm the buildings.

Overall this has meant that the printing firm has retained its ISO14001— the industry standard for control and improvement of a company’s environmental impact.

Jonathan Green, Greenshires’ production manager said: “Greenshires involvement with Casepak has been beneficial to us from day one. Its recommendations were far in excess of what anyone else could offer.”

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