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Extending our capacity to recover and reprocess waste polythene in the UK

Regular readers of our blog will know that, here at Cromwell Polythene we are passionate about helping businesses to capture and contain valuable resources, protecting the environment and stimulating the circular economy.

That’s why we’re pleased that our manufacturing and recycling division, Cromwell Plastics Recycling (CPR Manufacturing), which has been part of Cromwell since January 2020, has extended our group’s capacity to recover and reprocess waste polythene. This follows further investment in new machinery and the expansion of our existing Polythene Recovery Service.

Our Polythene Recovery Service facilitates the collection of used polythene from customers and ensures resources are kept within the UK, in line with The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) guidelines for the recycling of plastic packaging. Recovered material is recycled at the Cromwell Plastics Recycling site, based in Derbyshire, and extruded into more film, increasing the recycled content of the factory’s output.

Cromwell Plastics Recycling specialises in recycling; film extrusion; and the manufacturing of polythene, film, bags, and sacks from both recycled and prime virgin polythene.

This site manufactures low-density (LDPE), linear low-density (LLDPE), and medium density (MDPE) polyethylene, and compostable films. The films are used for food delivery and industrial packaging, and waste management applications. Bags, sacks and liners are produced for a range of businesses in the away from home market, including industrial, hospitality and leisure, local authority, and healthcare.

Our Cromwell Plastics Recycling operations can produce 100% recycled films, including material certified by the EUCertPlast auditing scheme. This recognises the highest standards of material traceability, quality, and process control in plastics recycling.

Products manufactured at our Derbyshire-based site include our Sansafe® range of antimicrobial and scented liners, produced with 30% UK-recycled PE film. Watch a video of the liners being produced on Cromwell’s Roll-o-Matic bag making machine at the recycling and extrusion facility:

For more information about our comprehensive range of sustainable solutions, please call our friendly, family-run business at our purpose-built headquarters and distribution facility in Leeds on 01977 686 868 or visit the product section of our website. We now also have a dedicated Twitter page for Cromwell Plastics Recycling, in addition to our social sites for Cromwell Polythene. Follow us for regular updates.