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The Problem With Plastic

Plastic has been a topical matter in the news recently as there have been various factors that have affected the way in which the country transports and recycles plastic. In 2016, half of the UK’s plastic waste went to China. In the same year, China processed around 7.3 million tonnes of plastic waste, which is over half of the world’s recyclable plastic! However, China are no longer accepting the UK’s waste due to it being low quality as it is mixed with other materials, making it harder to recycle. The UK now faces the problem of deciding where to put the hard to recycle plastic that is no longer being sent to China.

Plastic is made from oil, a fossil fuel that will one day not exist. On average, the UK throws away 8 million plastic bottles each year! There have been various ways that companies have tried to combat the problem, like finding new ways to recycle plastic, such as incorporating plastic into a mix which is then made to produce road surfacing. However, much work still needs to be done to encourage the public to gather the plastic waste in the first place for recycling. For example, people are putting items in the wrong bins which can cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year. Generally, the UK public pay the majority of the funds to recycle plastic and the packaging industry pay the remaining costs.

Two main methods that are currently being considered in the UK to combat the rising issue of low grade plastic waste is whether to burn or bury it. Burning can substitute for burning fossil fuels, as this fuel can then be used to warm houses or for tasks such as generating heat to create cement. This Energy from Waste (EfW) can replace virgin fossil fuel oil, which then results in lower gas emissions. However, burning waste is still harmful to the environment and when plastic is burnt to generate electricity it is not half as efficient as the new gas-fired power stations. Alternatively, there is the option to bury the hard to recycle plastic, but the toxins from the waste will still seep into the Earth’s environment.

As there are no wrong or right answers at this stage, the main efforts that the public can focus on, to reduce harm to the environment, is to reduce their plastic consumption and make every effort to recycle. Making even the smallest change can make a huge impact, for example, not using plastic straws will reduce plastic waste as it is one of the top waste materials found in the ocean. Theresa May has recently insisted that plastic straws need to be banned and the government has now launched the Clean Oceans Alliance which will focus on tackling plastic waste in the ocean. To further combat plastic waste, scientists from the UK and USA are currently working on an enzyme that will break down common plastic waste which could be a revolutionary contribution to the recycling and waste industry.

Parry and Evans collects, sorts and bales a wide variety of bulk plastic which is then transported across the world to plastic factories for re-use. Our team are highly skilled at providing plastic recycling services no matter how small or large your company is, so contact us today to discuss how we can provide a plastic recycling solution for you on 01244 281019.

Name our Recycling Truck

Parry & Evans is joining individuals and businesses across the world to celebrate Global Recycling Day

Parry & Evans will be joining individuals, communities and businesses across the world on 18th March, to showcase the importance recycling plays in preserving the future of our planet.

On Global Recycling Day, Parry & Evans will encourage the world to think ‘resource’ not ‘waste’. The day will also ask consumers to make at least one change to their recycling habits. The hashtag #globalrecyclingday will curate activities of people across the world, sharing what they are doing as the day is celebrated. Alongside this, we are asking individuals to sign a petition encouraging the United Nations to recognise the day officially here.

Throughout the Day, the main focus will be the importance of preserving the earth’s precious resources. Organisers, the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), have outlined seven vital challenges to world leaders, including educating the public on the necessity of recycling, supporting the sustainable trade of recyclable materials and to work with industries encouraging reuse of materials.

BIR President, Ranjit Baxi, said: “The world’s first Global Recycling Day is a vitally important new date in our global calendar. To truly harness the power of recycling we must adopt a global approach to its collection, processing and use, and this Day recognises the global nature of the industry and the issue. It is time we put the planet first and all commit to spend 10 more minutes a day ensuring that materials are disposed of properly. It is a joint responsibility, not one of the few and I look forward to seeing individuals, communities, businesses and leaders joining us and celebrating the Day on 18th March.

“We applaud organisations like Parry & Evans for their support for the Day, and bring the story of recycling to life at a community level.”

About Global Recycling Day

Global Recycling Day is an initiative of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR).

BIR is the global federation of the recycling industry, representing the interests of the global industry.

One of BIR’s key objectives is to promote recycling globally – showcasing its benefits to industry, policy makers and the wider community.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of BIR, a landmark year in which to create a day which recognised the vital role recycling and the industry plays in protecting the planet.

The first ever Global Recycling Day will unite people across the world, highlighting the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrating the power of the newly termed “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day. The new initiative is the brain child of Ranjit Baxi, who announced his vision for a day dedicated to recycling at the inauguration of his Presidency at BIR’s 2015 Dubai Convention.

Global Recycling Day will be a day of action, aimed at building a global approach towards recycling, calling on world leaders, international businesses, communities and individuals to make seven clear commitments in their approach to recycling. Consumers are also being asked to ask themselves some key questions about recycling, to think of it in a new way.


Name our Recycling Truck


Help us to raise money for our local children’s hospice by entering our fun and free competition to name our latest addition to our fleet of specialist recycling vehicles.

Competition Details

We’re looking for your ideas to name our new truck used to collect materials for recycling. The chosen winner’s idea will be pried on the side of the vehicle, for all to see!

Parry & Evans will select the winner on Monday 20th March 2017 and announce the result on our JustGiving page.

How to Enter

To help show your support for our chosen charity, we’d suggest a minimum voluntary donation of £2, when you submit your idea on our justGiving page . You can enter your competition entry idea in the message section when you make your donation.

If you wish to enter the competition without making a donation, please send us a post card with your entry idea to: Parry & Evans Ltd, Severn Farm Industrial Estate, Welshpool, SY21 7DF

Closing Date

Closing date to enter the free competition is Thursday 16th March 2017.

Raising Money for Claire House Children’s Hospice

Imagine hearing the worst possible news as a parent – that your child is seriously ill and not expected to live to be an adult. Claire House helps parents create wonderful experiences for their children and bring back a sense of normality to family life. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support, Claire House helps families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher. Your money can make a real different to a family who urgently need more support.

Top Recycling Tips at Work


  1. It’s good business practice to develop a corporate social responsibility strategy, as it can enhance your reputation and also save on your bottom line.
  2. One primary focus of a good CSR strategy is to focus on the impact your business has on the environment. By setting up a recycling scheme, your business can benefit from saving space and clutter. You will also increase your revenue returns through rebates on your collected waste. Most importantly, your employees and customers will appreciate the positive steps you’re making to protect the environment.
  3. You’ll need to think about the type of materials you’ll be recycling, from general office paper, mixed papers to shredded confidential paper waste. There’s also other recyclable materials to consider, such as cardboard, plastic packaging or redundant stock. When you start to evaluate the potential materials that can be recycled you may be surprised at how much waste your business is already producing.
  4. Find the right waste management company to handle your waste. When considering the right contractor, think about the type of materials you’ll be recycling and whether it’s a good match with the service on offer. Will your service provider be able to handle your volume of waste? Are collections free of charge and are containers included in the service?
  5. Ask your waste management provider to carry out a waste audit to establish the most efficient solutions that will save your business time and increase your revenue return. The audit will help you to get an action plan, that will bring your recycling scheme to life. You will discuss things like having the correct waste bins, or containers, and the frequency and access to your collections.
  6. A successful recycling scheme requires support from your staff. Ensure your employees are on board with your objectives and understand the benefits to your business and the environment.
  7. To increase the volume of waste recycled, it’s important that staff are clear on what materials can be recycled and where they should put them. provide free downloadable bin stickers to help you visually sign post your containers.
  8. To help with staff participation have a fantastic online library of downloadable, educational material, such as posters and leaflets for the workplace.
  9. It’s important to keep your employees interested and motivated in the success of your recycling scheme. You can do this by sharing your success stories; such as the volume of waste recycled and the positive impact this has made on the environment.
  10. Remember that your business has legal responsibilities under the ‘Duty of Care’. The term ‘Duty of Care’ refers to a law which requires businesses to store waste safely and securely and prevent it from causing pollution or harming anyone. It’s a legal requirement that your waste management contractor carries a Waste Carriers Licence and be authorised by the Environment Agency.
New Recycling Baler Deeside


Parry & Evans are pleased to share the news that we’ve reinvested back into our business by upgrading our Deeside onsite baler to the latest state-of-the-art machinery.

The new Konti 600 Baler was installed in September 2016 and will replace the existing machinery. We selected it for its speed and efficiency; with higher throughput rates and improved green credentials – reducing energy consumption and enabling easier maintenance and operation.

The investment into the business will significantly improve the service we offer our customers across Wales and the border counties.

The new baler runs at a faster speed and is able to take a higher load volume of waste which in turn benefits our customers and improves our operational efficiency.

"We can help businesses who are looking to recycle large volumes of paper, cardboard or plastic waste and can offer collection of the waste materials using our fleet of specialist vehicles"

Steve Evans - Managing Director
Recycling Association Deeside


The Recycling Association, which primarily represents businesses in the recovered or waste paper sector, has celebrated its 40th anniversary with a celebratory luncheon attended by past-presidents and members.

Current president Adrian Jackson welcomed the guests to the event and in particular “some of the legends of the industry.”

40th anniversary celebrations: (l-r) Reuben Bolton, Simon Marsden, John Cutts, Brian Perry, David Symmers, Ron Humphreys, Jack Evans, Nick Francis, Neil Clarke, Simon Ellin, Graeme Coombes, Adrian Jackson and Mike Nicholls

Mr Jackson said: “The association was started 40 years ago in January 1975 by six members and it is with great pleasure that I welcome one of the original members of that meeting here today, Brian Perry.”

Commenting on the origins of the association, Mr Jackson reflected that when the limited company which is linked to the association was formed, it was to “combat the power and the might of the mill sector”.

He reflected on how today the association works on many fronts including also in other material sectors, such as plastics. And, he also described how the association’s membership had changed with the dwindling number of production member businesses. “We are now a much more democratic membership with a wide range of member companies from across the industry, but no matter how large or small that company, the principle of one man, one vote applies.”


Mr Jackson also criticised some of the actions of the regulators, with criticism of what is understood to be the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. He said: “Who could envisage that the actions of one of the environment agencies would lead to companies ceasing to export out of a major area of the UK…

“For me part of the problem is with the word waste, I read with amusement that the boss of Suez does not consider that they make waste anymore as RDF goes for recovery. I am not sure that I agree with that.”

If this applied to waste paper, the sector was actually making recovered fibre and then if it went straight into a paper mill pulper, “surely we are actually making, selling and exporting a raw materials,” argued Mr Jackson.


The luncheon, held earlier this month at London’s Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, also heard from association chief executive Simon Ellin and from past president and former Cheshire and Palm Recycling managing director, Ron Humphreys.

Mr Ellin said that the association’s strength lay in part in the way it had evolved over the years with developments involving Chinese and UK mills/brokers, as well as meeting other challenges. “Therein lies our strengths. It is better for everyone to come together in a trade association rather than everyone being on the outside.”

And, in terms of markets for materials, he emphasised the importance of having a strong domestic market, but that this should not be a monopoly as the export market also important.

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