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At Casepak we believe in recycling excellence. In fact, we don’t just believe in it – we’re passionate about it.

Achieving excellence against a backdrop of constant technological and legislative change is a challenge faced by everyone in this sector. As part of the UK’s recycling and waste management landscape, we naturally have opinions – and this page is where you’ll find them.

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Plastic Packaging Tax comes into force.

— April 5, 2022

This month marks the introduction of the new Plastic Packaging Tax (‘PPT’), which encourages greater use of recycled content in plastic packaging. Read more

Work to be done as England misses recycling target

— February 15, 2022

Work to be done as England misses target to recycle 50% of ‘waste from households’ Read more

Christmas ‘Tis the Season for… increased contamination!

— December 13, 2021

With the festive season now underway, it can be easy to forget about the importance of disposing of materials correctly, but with so much additional waste at Christmas recycling properly is more important than ever. Read more

Design and technology take centre stage at MRF & Markets Conference

— November 23, 2021

Casepak attended the recent MRF & Markets Conference which brings together experts from across the industry to consider and discuss policy, regulations, latest developments and case studies, as well as debate some of the key issues in the industry. Read more

Staff shortages placing waste sector under intense strain

— October 1, 2021

There has been plenty of recent coverage about the impact that the HGV driver shortage is having on the UK’s supply chains. Read more

Recycle Week places responsibility on each of us to ‘Step it Up’

— September 9, 2021

The theme of this year’s Recycle Week is ‘Step it Up’, which aims to encourage each of us to ‘step up’ our recycling habits to tackle the mounting Climate Crisis. Read more

HGV driver shortages risk causing crisis in the waste sector

— August 19, 2021

The last month has seen a number of headlines focusing on the shortage of HGV drivers currently affecting logistics across the country. Read more

Plastic Free July stresses need for individual responsibility in cutting plastic pollution

— July 9, 2021

This month, the Plastic Free Foundation is running a major global campaign, called Plastic Free July. Read more

Greenpeace report shows need for increased recycling infrastructure in the UK

— June 11, 2021

Last month, Greenpeace published its shocking Trashed report, which claimed that less than 10% of the UK’s household plastic packaging is recycled in the UK. Read more

Rising MRF contamination is a major issue for the recycling sector

— May 24, 2021

Last week, I was interviewed by leading waste and recycling trade publication LetsRecycle. Read more

Earth Day 2021: How can your school get involved?

— April 12, 2021

On 22nd April, Casepak will be joining thousands of individuals and organisations in celebrating Earth Day. Read more

WRAP’s plan for a waste-free world is a promising step for recycling

— March 16, 2021

Recently, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) released ‘Our plan for a sustainable planet’, an ambitious blueprint to achieve a waste-free world by 2025. Read more

Cardboard shortages make recycling more important than ever

— February 9, 2021

As a result of the Covid-19 crisis, demand for cardboard boxes has increased dramatically, as a result of increased online shopping. Read more

Plastic export regulations are a step in the right direction, but more infrastructure investment is needed

— January 13, 2021

At the start of this month, the EU placed restrictions on non-recyclable plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries. Read more

Casepak is 50!

— December 14, 2020

We are delighted to be celebrating Casepak’s 50th anniversary! 50 years at the forefront of the recycling sector. Read more

Scrub up your bathroom recycling habits

— November 17, 2020

A recent report published by a plastics recycling charity looks at the current recyclability of beauty and bathroom product packaging. Read more

It’s the final straw… for plastic straws in England

— October 26, 2020

Earlier this month a ban on single use drinking plastic straws and stirrers, and cotton buds came into force across England. Read more

It’s Recycle Week 2020

— September 21, 2020

Recycle Week 2020’ is upon us. Read more

UK confirms CEP pledge

— August 18, 2020

The UK has recently renewed its commitment to recycling 65% of municipal waste by 2035. Read more

Life after lockdown and recycling

— July 14, 2020

The Casepak team can be forgiven for thinking Christmas has arrived earlier this year. Read more

Warning over waste crime

— June 18, 2020

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the good nature of many individuals and businesses, it has also highlighted those who have exploited the national crisis. Read more

Think before you throw – contamination rises as COVID continues

— May 18, 2020

As lockdown continues, life at the MRF carries on as we do our best to keep the recycling sector and economy moving. Read more

It’s time to dump fly tipping

— April 15, 2020

Fly tipping is a serious issue, and over recent weeks we’ve witnessed an increase in people dumping unwanted items across the UK. Read more

Waste sector employees are ‘key’ to UK’s operations amid crisis

— March 31, 2020

Waste disposal workers have been given ‘key worker’ status by the Government. Read more

Time to clean up recycling in the bathroom

— February 11, 2020

A recent report calls for manufacturers of common bathroom toiletries to improve product labelling Read more

All that glitters is damaging our planet

— January 15, 2020

Glitter may look innocent enough, but the sparkly substance is having a damaging effect on our environment Read more

‘Tis the season to sort your recycling!

— December 9, 2019

It’s that festive time of year again, so Casepak has put together a comprehensive Christmas recycling wish list… Read more

Yes, we CAN all recycle more

— November 4, 2019

What’s the deal with recycling aluminium? Read more

Household recycling – there’s still work to be done

— October 2, 2019

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has released the results of its 2019 Recycling Tracker. Read more

Casepak and Leicestershire County Council join forces for new recycling campaign

— September 6, 2019

Casepak is joining forces with Leicestershire County Council for a new campaign to encourage residents to put the right things in their recycling bins…Read more

Is it time to refresh your bathroom recycling routine?

— August 13, 2019

Recycling in the bathroom is easier than you think….Read more

Retailer introduces colour-coded recycled plastic trays

— July 23, 2019

This week news broke that Waitrose is set to introduce multicoloured recycled trays for its ready meals…Read more

TEEP: A watching brief

— June 25, 2019

Casepak, like much of the recycling industry, has been following closely the government’s plans to enforce changes upon waste operators …Read more

Further calls for sector-wide consistency

— March 29, 2019

Earlier this week, Claire Shrewsbury, WRAP’s head of government and communities, delivered the keynote speech at the National Food Waste Conference (27 March), stating there was a ‘mountain to climb’ to meet Defra’s standards within its Resources and Waste Strategy. Read more

Consulting for clarity

— February 20, 2019

This week the government launched a series of consultations relating to its Resources and Waste Strategy. Read more

Say no to nappy contamination!

— January 31, 2019

Nappies in the recycling stream is an issue not just for Casepak, but for the recycling industry as a whole. Read more

Government waste strategy aims to boost recycling efforts

— December 20, 2018

The Government’s new Resources & Waste Strategy sets out plans to hold producers of waste responsible by ensuring they cover the full costs of recycling and collecting material Read more

Championing career achievements at Casepak!

— November 5, 2018

There has been much to celebrate at the start of November, with two of Casepak’s team marking milestone employment anniversaries. Read more

Harnessing the power of plastics

— October 2, 2018

To help households manage their plastic recycling as efficiently and effectively as possible, we’ve produced a few helpful tips Read more

Baking for cash! Team Casepak raises £1,000 for Macmillan

— September 28, 2018

Team Casepak strapped on their aprons for a bake sale in aid of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2018. Read more

Recycle Week 2018 has landed!

— September 24, 2018

This year’s Recycle Week runs from 24th – 30th September.Read more

Industry unites to crack down on waste crime

— August 13, 2018

Last year Casepak welcomed a report set out by industry bodies titled ‘Rethinking Waste Crime’. Read more

Ambitious report calls for UK to go beyond EU recycling targets

— July 18, 2018

The National Infrastructure Commission has published its first National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA), a report which seeks to provide advice to Government on long-term infrastructure challenges over the coming decades. The report sets out a range of recommendations for the waste and recycling sector Read more

Strong secondary markets key to tackling gulf in plastic recycling

— June 27, 2018

This month a report presented by the Resourcing the Futures Partnership has highlighted the crucial role that the UK’s secondary commodities market can play in tackling the problem of plastic waste. Read more

The final straw

— April 24, 2018

We have all seen the damage caused by plastic that ends up in our oceans, seas and rivers. It is reported that 12 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every year, and as a result there have been calls for a worldwide crackdown on plastic pollution.
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Cracking on – the most environmentally friendly Easter egg packaging revealed!

— March 22, 2018

As we gear up to the Easter celebrations, our thoughts (naturally) turn to chocolate Easter eggs. However as much as we love the chocolate, at Casepak we also think about the packaging surrounding many of our Easter treats.
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Working together for a more ‘plastic fantastic future’

— February 14, 2018

Another week, another raft of plastics news hitting the headlines. This week saw Buckingham Place announce the Queen’s plans to ban the use of plastic straws on all royal estates, in a move thought to be influenced by David Attenborough’s documentary, Blue Planet II.
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Casepak welcomes the EU’s Plastics Strategy

— January 25, 2018

Last week the European Union published its Plastics Strategy, in large part a response to China’s recent decision to ban imports of low grade plastic waste.
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Confused about Christmas recycling collections?

— December 19, 2017

At this time of year there are so many things to organise and think about. So in the lead up to the festive season, the Casepak MRF team thought it would be useful to put together a quick guide to help you understand items that our facility can and can’t process, and some useful good practice tips.
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What will China’s ban mean for the industry?

— November 14, 2017

Earlier this year, China shocked the industry with the news that it planned to introduce tougher waste import controls, including a ban on 24 kinds of solid waste such as plastics , unsorted waste paper and waste textiles materials.
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