Welcome to our Resources section where you can view or download a range of key industry documentation, or visit relevant websites for additional information.
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
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.
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’.
A thought-provoking, educational video on the values and benefits of plastic packaging against alternatives.
Consumer pressure to end plastic packaging in shops could actually be harming the environment, a report says.
“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,”
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.
Are plastic alternatives better for the environment?
Plastic packaging has so many good uses, many of which are outlined in this article
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
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
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’.
Let’s bust the myth about plastics and have some plastic rehab with this thought-provoking talk from Kim Ragaert.
An interesting article by the British Plastic Federation
After the BBC’s War on Plastic programme, the BPF responded with this thought-provaking article.
We support and respect the Ellen McArthur foundation’s New Plastics Economy
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.
The UK plastics industry supports the government’s objective of reducing plastic waste and improving recycling rates.
Food / Textile Waste
Material quality, tightening end markets and low participation rates are seeing councils review their kerbside textile recycling collections, letsrecycle.com has learned.
A study by Dr Manoj Dora and Dr Eleni Iacovidou of Brunel University London.