Cromwell News

Food waste should not be an afterthought in healthcare

As I have previously noted on this blog, good intentions in healthcare don’t sort waste, and there is a clear challenge to improve segregation rates when it comes to hazardous and non-hazardous wastes across the healthcare sector. The proper use of colour-coded bin liners for different grades of hazardous waste is clearly at the front … Continued

Is it harder to recycle when you live in a flat?

The results of a large recycling survey undertaken for coffee producer Nespresso showed that many urban respondents wished they could recycle more. Reasons for not feeling able to recycle included lack of bins, lack of information and – significantly, living in a flat. In fact, while 91% of people surveyed by the company living in … Continued

Quality control Within The Cleaning Industry

Interesting news from Norway recently as the government committed to tackling rogue operations in its cleaning sector, and improving conditions for cleaning operatives. It’s fantastic to see policymakers take this key issue very seriously – so-called ‘cowboy’ cleaning outfits give everyone a bad name, and their practices can even involve the enslavement of some cleaners … Continued

Recycling Plastic Bottles - Cromwell Polythene

Can plastic be circular?

A flurry of stories have recently hit the headlines about plastics and recycling, from demands for a tax on plastic drinking straws to the naming and shaming some of the worst offenders for unrecyclable packaging. This in turn has promoted renewed calls for manufacturers to produce packaging that can be used again and again, and … Continued

Good intentions don’t sort waste

It is a waste of time, effort and resources to implement separate waste collection for healthcare facilities if staff and visitors are not on board with the initiative. Cromwell Polythene Managing Director James Lee explores the problem of good intentions failing at the point of disposal, and what can be done to tackle this. You … Continued

Sacks appeal

It’s no coincidence that rejection rates at material recycling facilities (MRF’s) are increasing as the switch to commingling gains momentum. And where’s the sense in that? Are we seriously prepared to negate all those years of painstaking education, in which we preached the value-added virtues of separate waste streams, for the sake of a minority … Continued

The black sack. Still playing a vital role.

“When one considers the impact of technology on the waste management sector, and in particular street cleaning, it’s common to think of products like Big Belly bin liners, the solar-powered compacting bins, sometimes referred to as ‘smart’ bins, which communicate their status to council collection crews in order to optimise emptying. Less front of mind … Continued

Food waste collections key to award-winning council’s new strategy

The latest order for 13.5 million compostable caddy liners brings to more than 22 million the number of liners ordered by Rochdale Borough Council from specialist supplier Cromwell Polythene. Manufactured from Ecopond® biodegradable resin, for which Cromwell is sole distributor among local authorities and the waste management sector in the UK, the five-litre liners are … Continued

Tomorrows’ Cleaning Awards Finalists 2017

Please may we have your vote We are delighted to have been short-listed as a finalist in this year’s Tomorrow’s Cleaning Awards, where our ensa® range has been selected as one of the industry’s standout products. Now it is up to you to cast your vote in the magazine’s online poll at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M5JWZDF. Online voting … Continued

Windy Days

Keep litter to a minimum on a windy day with Cromwell Polythene’s Weighted bottom Kerbie recycling bag tailor-made for the collection of dry recyclables. Let’s face it, we live in a place where the weather is unpredictable and with the recent figures of recycling rates on the decline we need to look at every avenue … Continued