Welcome to our Resources section where you can view or download a range of key industry documentation, or visit relevant websites for additional information.

NEW: Cromwell Literature Bank

Click on the title to be directed to the Cromwell Literature Bank where you can view or download a range of our literature – these information sheets cover a wide range of topics in the waste management and recycling industry and aims to strengthen your knowledge, promote our services and products, whilst educating people on the benefits of plastic as a material.

 

Plastics in the Environment

 

Life cycle assessment of supermarket carrier bags: a review of the bags available in 2006

Here’s the 2006 Life Cycle Assessment Report on Supermarket Carrier Bags, which identifies single use plastic bags as the lowest environmental impact, paper bags are further down the list, below plastic bags for life.

Most alternatives to plastic packaging “emit more greenhouse gases”, report finds

A new report that looks at the carbon impact of packaging material has found that in most cases the main alternatives to plastic packaging – cardboard, glass, steel and aluminium – ‘emit more greenhouse gases’.

Plastic Packaging and the Environment

A thought-provoking, educational video on the values and benefits of plastic packaging against alternatives.

Plastic packaging ban ‘could harm environment’

Consumer pressure to end plastic packaging in shops could actually be harming the environment, a report says.

The unintended consequences of plastic bag bans

“A number of studies have found that paper bags are actually worse for the environment. The huge increase in paper, together with the uptick in plastic trash bags, means banning plastic shopping bags increases greenhouse gas emissions,”

Knee-jerk reaction to plastic packaging could cause environmental issues, says report

Switching from single-use plastic to other forms of single-use packaging, such as paper bags or wooden cutlery, decisions that are being made without considering the impact that alternatives can have on the environment.

FAQ’S on Plastics

Are plastic alternatives better for the environment?

Plastics are Fantastic 

Plastic packaging has so many good uses, many of which are outlined in this article

Tesco says it WON’T be joining other supermarkets phasing out plastic bags for loose fruit and veg because paper ones have a LARGER carbon footprint

Supermarket giant says it won’t join rivals in phasing out the plastic bags, They insist paper bags are worse for environment because they release more CO2

Industry Calls For Better Understanding of Plastics After Survey

Call For Better Public Understanding Of Materials After Survey Finds Only 2% Know Plastic Best At Helping To Keep Down Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Industry Experts / Bodies / Professionals

BPF – Understanding the debate about plastic

At a time when a ‘climate emergency’ has been declared, it is important that people understand that ‘plastic free’ does not necessarily mean ‘better for the environment’.

TEDx – Plastics Rehab

Let’s bust the myth about plastics and have some plastic rehab with this thought-provoking talk from Kim Ragaert.

Why Do We Need Single-Use Plastics?

An interesting article by the British Plastic Federation

British Plastics Federation responds to BBC’s War on Plastic

After the BBC’s War on Plastic programme, the BPF responded with this thought-provaking article.

Fast facts about plastic bags – CBC

Plastics: A Vision for a Circular Economy – BPF

BPF – Understanding the debate about plastic

Legislation

NPEC

We support and respect the Ellen McArthur foundation’s New Plastics Economy

Taxing Plastic Packaging Based Upon the Amount of Recycled Content

In 2019 the government proposed taxing plastic packaging products that do not contain at least 30% recycled material, BPF speak openly about this new law.

Extended Producer Responsibility

The UK plastics industry supports the government’s objective of reducing plastic waste and improving recycling rates.

Food / Textile Waste

Quality concerns hit kerbside textile recycling

Material quality, tightening end markets and low participation rates are seeing councils review their kerbside textile recycling collections, letsrecycle.com has learned.

Why some plastic packaging is necessary to prevent food waste and protect the environment.

A study by Dr Manoj Dora and Dr Eleni Iacovidou of Brunel University London.

Unwrapped – How Throwaway Plastic is Failing to Solve Europe’s Food Waste Problem

 

Food Service Seminar 2020

Waste & Recycling Sacks

Compactor Sacks & Wheeled Bin Liners

Pedal, Square & Swing Bin Liners

Compostable & Anaerobic Digestion

Kerbside & Multi-trip Recycling Bags

Disposables

Clinical Waste

Polybags

Building & Construction

Packaging