BPIF labels is the special interest group of the British Printing Industries Federation. This special interest group serves the needs of the self adhesive label printing sector.

Zero to Landfill

This project that was instigated by BPIF labels and PRISMM Environmental back in April 2013 is now gathering momentum. The project designed to reduce the amount of production waste going to landfill by diverting this waste to energy recovery is now showing signs of success.

This project is based on the collection of matrix and production waste and delivering this to a waste converter who can convert the waste into bio-mass fuels. A waste converter – Mid UK Recycling – based in Lincolnshire has been located. For this reason the project was initially based around the South Yorkshire area. However, due to the success of the original pilot this geographical area has been extended across the UK.

The original intention was to offer a "milk round" collection service for the smaller label converter. However, due to complexities with logistics the project is targeted towards those companies who can fill waste cages and store these enabling a 15 tonne collection to be made. The financial savings are dependent on a number of factors. However, the main reason for pursuing this project is to create a "greener" image for the industry. With brand owners and supermarkets requiring companies to address and implement environmental issues. It also makes companies aware of their "waste" and associated costs. This in itself could create a change in production procedures therefore making significant other costs savings on the shop floor.

To date the number of companies who have signed up to the project is 10 and the projected annual volume of waste that is being diverted away from landfill is: 6,500 tonnes. Despite this figure it still only represents 3% of the estimated volume of waste that is generated by the self-adhesive label industry.

One company – The Label Makers, in Bradford – embraced the project in August and despite a few initial teething problems is now diverting 240 tonnes p.a. away from landfill. Internal processes were altered to enable label waste to be segregated and collected on a 3 weekly cycle. Company Director, Zenna Parfaniuk comments "We are delighted that the Label Makers is involved with this project and leading the way forward with our environmental responsibilities."

The project will now focus on medium to large converters across the UK with the intention of making bigger inroads into the waste that is currently going to landfill. This is being supported by J & G Environmental who are championing the project and providing with the transport infrastructure

For further information contact Jon Hutton Prismm Environmental at jon@prismm.co.uk

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