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Streamlined recycling system = more efficient operations for KeCo

Objective 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. ↓ Solution 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...Read More >

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

Objective 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. ↓ Solution 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: An efficient waste handling system to process oversized cardboard and plastic Reduced manual handling and transport A new stream of revenue for DK Group Packaging for the recyclable materials. A Thetford T4XL Compactor was installed allowing high volume excess material to...Read More >

Casepak working in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan

Objective 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). Solution 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: Maximising waste prevention through increased recycling Using resources more effectively Developing...Read More >

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,...Read More >

Careers

We’re always looking for people with the right skills. To fit in at Casepak you really need to live up to our “recycling excellence” promise. We look for people who: Are passionate about recycling Understand waste management Believe in real customer service Are cheerful, helpful, bright and resourceful Of course, you don’t need to be a recycling guru or waste management expert for every role, but we do ask that you have the right attitude from the outset. As vacancies occur, we’ll post them below. Please check back regularly for updated job vacancy listings. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @CasepakLtd as we’ll also use this to let you know. LGV 1 and LGV 2 Drivers As one of the Midlands’ leading paper recycling facilities, we at Casepak Leicester, require drivers with the ability to operate roll on roll off vehicles. Therefore, to help continue our growth in this sector, we are seeking LGV 1 & 2 drivers with some...Read More >

We’re sure you’ll be surprised by some of these recycling facts.

In 2015, approximately 5.7 million tonnes of dry recycling came from households in England. Recycling avoids emissions of around 62 million tonnes of CO2 eq compared to providing an equivalent amount of materials from primary sources (e.g. mining). The tonnage of municipal waste sent to landfill has decreased from 25 million tonnes in 2010 to 15 million tonnes in 2015. Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than paper made from raw materials. Glass is 100% recyclable, but glass that is thrown into landfill will never decompose. Approximately 18 million tonnes of waste is landfilled in UK sites each year.

What happens when you recycle?

There are many different ways to reduce the amount of waste we create – and it’s not just about recycling. The first thing you should do is think about how you can reduce the amount of waste you put in the bin. For example, you can use a double sided printer to reduce your paper waste. Or you can re-fill your plastic water bottle to take to the gym. It’s environmentally friendly – and it’ll save you money too! In years gone by ‘rag and bone men’ used to travel the streets with a horse and cart, collecting unwanted items – and then selling them to new owners. While rag and bone men are a thing of the past, most of us still pass the things that we no longer need on – by swapping, charity and vintage shops, boot fairs and re-making things. These are all different ways of making sure the things that you’ve finished with are reused. Once you’ve...Read More >

The Casepak quiz

Approximately how many times can a paper fibre be recycled? Twice Seven Fifteen More than 50 Which of these household items cannot easily be recycled? Clothes Newspapers Glass bottles Black plastic packaging Recycled plastic can be used to produce which of the following items Pathways Tables and chairs Fleece jackets Plastic bottles Which word beginning with “R” is not part of the waste hierarchy? Recycle Reinvent Reduce Reuse If you recycle 1kg of paper or card, approximately how much carbon dioxide would you prevent from being released into the atmosphere? 0.55kg 1Kg 1.3kg 2kg

Virtual education room

Welcome to the Casepak virtual education room.  

Education

Our Materials Recycling Facility incorporates a dedicated sustainable waste education centre where students can learn about the real world of recycling and waste management. Here, students from Year Five upwards can see how the items that they recycle at home are sorted and separated, ready to be sent on to a recycling reprocessor. They will learn how their recycling actions can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and see exactly what their recycled items can be turned in to. For older students, there’s an opportunity to discuss careers in the waste and recycling sector and to consider more in-depth environmental areas. Our school’s programme includes: KS2: What happens to my recycling? KS3: Recycling and climate change KS3/4: Careers in recycling and waste management To book a visit, please call us on 0116 286 7772. We also have a virtual education room – which you can visit by clicking here.

Community

Casepak employs more than 100 people in Leicester, helping to strengthen the city’s economy. We have strong links with the Leicester business community and sponsor a variety of local charities which include: Bodie Hodges Foundation Leicester Hospitals Charity Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary We also sponsor our staff on numerous charitable events throughout the year and support national charity fundraising initiatives including Children in Need, Comic Relief and Macmillan Coffee Mornings. Casepak has provided sports shirts for a local primary school through a Midlands’ sports initiative, encouraging early participation in team events. We have also helped young gardeners at Beaumont Leys School by providing sponsorship for a new garden which provides students with hands-on horticultural experience.

Casepak and the environment

Each year England generates around 177 million tonnes of waste. Much still ends up in landfill resulting in: The loss of valuable resources High and unnecessary disposal costs and taxes Continued environmental damage Sending waste to landfill is unsustainable. Many resources can be recycled several times over. Paper fibres, for example, can be recycled approximately seven times. At Casepak we believe that recycling makes sense. After all, why use virgin resources when we already have a more sustainable alternative? New waste technologies and treatments are being developed which will enable more materials to be recycled in the future. At Casepak we are committed to this process. Apart from making good financial sense and maximising the use of precious resources, landfilling produces methane which is one of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases. To put this into context, methane can be up to 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Reducing the amount of methane produced is essential. The UK still...Read More >

Corporate Social Responsibility

At Casepak, we take Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) seriously. As a successful business, we are a part of the local, national and global community, and we know that it’s important that the decisions we make and the way that we act is responsible and sustainable. Because we work in the environmental sector, we’re passionate about delivering improvements in recycling, cutting waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But our commitment to CSR goes beyond the environment. For us, being sustainable also means offering employment opportunities, helping the community and providing essential educational support.

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council wanted to achieve a 50% household recycling rate. Read more

Rutland County Council

Rutland County Council had a target to recycle more than 55% of household waste and was extending its household recycling collections as part of this programme. Read more

Garnett Dickson, printers

Garnett Dickinson is an award-winning commercial print organisation specialising in the production of high quality magazines, catalogues and brochures. Read more

Case studies

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. Our current customers include: Local authorities Printers Manufacturers Packer fillers Warehouse and distribution companies Retailers Waste management companies Food processors

PRNs

The UK has specific regulations covering the recycling and recovery of business packaging. Under these regulations, any business handling more than 50 tonnes of packaging a year, and with a financial turnover in excess of £2 million, has a recycling and recovery obligation which is strictly monitored by the Environment Agency. At Casepak, we will assess your packaging obligations and, if needed, will put in place an appropriate resource recycling and recovery system to ensure that you comply. We will calculate how many Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) you need to fulfil your packaging obligation and will buy these on your behalf. A PRN is a type of voucher which shows that packaging waste has been reprocessed. Companies that need to comply with Producer Responsibility regulations must use PRNs as these are the only form of evidence accepted by the Environment Agency to prove that recycling or recovery of packaging has taken place.

Duty of Care

If your operation generates waste you need to comply with the Environmental Protection Act (1990). This imposes a duty of care on all organisations handling waste. This includes those who produce, import, store, transport, treat, recycle or dispose of controlled waste. The waste producer takes the primary responsibility for compliance with this legislation. They must ensure that the wastes are stored securely and are only transferred to an authorised person. When you transfer your waste to another organisation you will be given a Waste Transfer Note. This must accurately describe the waste that has been transferred. It is your responsibility to keep Waste Transfer Notes for at least two years. Casepak is authorised to issue Waste Transfer Notes. To keep administration manageable, we issue customers with an annual Waste Transfer Note for each type and grade of recovered material collected or received.

Waste Carrier’s Licence

When you appoint a company or organisation to collect and transport your recycled materials, it is important to ask if they have a Waste Carrier’s Licence. Only those companies that have this Environment Agency-issued licence are permitted to transport your waste materials. Please note, if you plan to transport your own waste, you will also need to apply for a Licence. Casepak holds a Waste Carrier’s Licence (Licence BLT/656852) and is certified to transport recyclable and waste materials.  Click here to download Casepak’s Waste Carrier’s Licence.

Waste exemptions

Waste exemptions apply to specific types of low risk waste handling operations. Exemptions are supplied by the Environment Agency and mean that a waste handling permit is not needed where the environmental risks are low. Casepak can help you to understand the categories of waste exemptions available, the materials that they can be applied to, and how and who should make an application. Casepak holds a Waste Exemption Certificate for the Collections and Processing Facility.  Click here to view the certificate.

Environmental permits

Environmental Permits apply to more complex waste handling operations. It is essential that your waste and recycling is managed by an organisation that holds a current Environmental Permit. A waste handling company needs an Environmental Permit to operate a regulated waste facility and must apply to, and be approved by, the Environment Agency to qualify for a permit. The company must continue to meet the conditions set down by the Environmental Permit to remain operational. Casepak has an Environmental Permit for the Sunningdale Road Materials Recycling Facility.

Legislation

Every tonne of material recycled reduces disposal costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Under the European Union’s Landfill Directive and the Government’s Waste Implementation Programme, by 2020 the UK must reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 35% of that produced in 1995. This must be achieved using the Waste Hierarchy, which states that authorities should reduce, reuse, recycle and recover energy from their waste. The last resort is landfilling and most are working towards zero waste to landfill targets. Similarly, commercial organisations are also under increasing pressure to put in place sustainable waste management programmes, recycling more of their waste, improving resource supply chains and cutting carbon emissions. For many, putting in place a comprehensive recycling and waste management programme will: Ensure compliance with essential waste legislation Reduce landfill tax costs Generate an income from resource value Have a positive impact on environmental practices The following sections explain how Casepak’s services can help you to comply with essential waste legislation.

Our policies

All of Casepak’s activities are backed by a series of company policies. These include: The Casepak Environmental Policy The Casepak Health and Safety Policy The Casepak Quality Policy

Accreditations

We strive for excellence in everything we do. Part of this ethos is delivered by working in partnership with our customers, suppliers and sub-contractors to strengthen our environmental performance and, where appropriate, assist them to achieve their own environmental objectives and targets. Our commitment to the environment is underlined by the development of an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System through which we can pursue the goal of continuous improvement. ISOQAR 9001 Certificate – HQ and Oceala ISOQAR OHSAS 18001 Certificate – HQ and Oceala ISOQAR ISO 9001 Certificate – MRF and Oceala ISOQAR 14001 Certificate – HQ and Oceala ISOQAR ISO 14001 Certificate – MRF and Oceala ISOQAR OHSAS 18001 Certificate – MRF and Oceala

Our management team

Casepak is owned and operated by the Smith family (trustees of G.A.E Smith Holdings Ltd). Mark and Martin Smith, sons of founder George Smith, are Joint Managing Directors. George’s daughters, Maxine, Corinne and Georgina all hold key positions. Board of Directors Mark Smith             Joint Managing Director (MRF) Martin Smith           Joint Managing Director (CPF) Maxine Woolley      Finance Director and Company Secretary Corinne Mahon       Sales Director Georgina Cullen     Business Development Director Tracy Scoular         Oceala Finance Director Company Managers Tim Cole          Financial Accountant Elizabeth Mott        Compliance Manager Ben Grundy            Business Infrastructure Manager Enderby Site Managers Dave Cullen            Production Manager Glenn Blackstock  Transport Manager Vikki Brown            Business Support Executive MRF Site Manager Lee Bradbury         Operations Manager

Our locations

Our two sites are conveniently located in the Midlands, near to the M1/M69 junction. They are ideally situated to provide municipal, commercial and industrial recycling solutions, recovering maximum resource value without adding unnecessary waste miles. Find our recycling facilities’ locations If you’re looking for retail waste management and recycling solutions, please visit our partner company’s website www.oceala.co.uk

Our recycling facilities

We have two progressive recycling plants, both centrally located in Leicester. The Collections and Processing Facility manages source segregated materials and the Materials Recycling Facility processes dry mixed recyclables. The combined processing capacity is 300,000 tonnes a year, with a recovery rate of 97.5%. Most will be sold to UK reprocessors ensuring the recycling loop is completed close to home. Our large pre and post-treatment storage areas provide you with the flexibility to manage fluctuating waste arisings. We also offer a comprehensive range of waste management support services to ensure that you get the recycling and resource recovery solution that works best for you.

About us

Casepak has been delivering recycling excellence for more than 40 years. Founded by George Smith in 1973, the company has grown from a paper and cardboard recycling specialist into one of the UK’s most dynamic recycling companies, collecting, sorting and trading a wide range of recovered materials from commercial, industrial and household collections. We recycle the following materials: paper, card, plastic, steel, aluminium, glass, food cartons, TetraPaks and household batteries. Click here for a more detailed list of recyclable materials