J&G Environmental ramps up planet-friendly solutions to recycle plastics in print

May 01, 2019

J&G Environmental, the leading UK print waste management company, is stepping up its efforts to support even more ethical print service providers in the fight against plastic pollution.

With companies under increasing scrutiny regarding their sustainability practices, J&G Environmental is ready to help more print service providers than ever before to dispose of their plastic waste responsibly after investing in state-of-the-art recycling technologies.

J&G Environmental recycling manager Jason Goddard explains that in addition to helping the planet, adopting green techniques to keep plastics out of oceans and landfill sites will have crucial reputational benefits for print businesses.

“When printers are putting contracts together to get new work, more often than not, they need to prove they are using a responsible waste management company and are recycling as much of their waste as they can,” Goddard says.

“You would be surprised how many companies still have 40-yard skips on site and are just throwing all of their waste in there, but a lot of this material can be recycled, and this is where J&G Environmental can help.

“Print companies are looking at our services more and more, because they have ticked all the main boxes and they now need to take it a step further to see what else they can do. They need to dig deeper in their skip to see what they can recycle.”

J&G Environmental recently acquired two new pieces of kit to recycle plastics from print, including an Avery Weigh-Tronix ZM510 weigh-bridge for logging weights of different materials, and a Rapid 8045 granulator for preparing waste plastic ready to be made into new products.

Customers have their plastic waste collected and transported to J&G Environmental’s main facility in Blandford Forum, Dorset, where it is ground down into granules that are then packed up for re-use. One customer makes wall plugs, or rawlplugs, which are used to help screws support an object that has been screwed into a wall, such as a shelf or cabinet, while another makes buckets and paint pots from processed ink cartridges.

“A printer has a duty of care to know what is happening with their waste. We are able to offer full traceability to show what is happening with it, ensuring it does not end up in the ocean,” Goddard says.

“Most of our customers go for our service as they know it is going to be recycled, rather than going to landfill. Even for existing customers, there may be other new innovative waste management streams that we can offer. With new customers, we can provide waste management and recycling advice and support – not just in relation to plastics – as part of our comprehensive service.”

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