Always striving to be eco-friendly, recycling is a high priority here at Wessex Packaging Ltd. The primary materials we use in processing are PETE and R-PET. While we also process using PVC, PP, PS and PLA, we feel that PET is the best available recyclable material on the market today and, therefore, PETE and R-PET comprise 85% of the materials we purchase.
In house, we recycle 98% of plastic waste from our forming process. Our off-trim web is granulated and this regrind is sold to different manufacturing sectors to be reprocessed into clothing, carpeting, building materials, and materials to reprocess new packaging, such as PET.
Office paper, lunch room food containers and drink bottles are also recycled, as well as aluminum, steel, coolant and used oils from the machine shop.
With the rise in environmental consciousness, we look forward to the development of energy efficient processing, using reusable energy and solar power.
PET - Polyethylene Terephthalate is a popular packaging material for food and non-food products because it is inexpensive, lightweight, resealable, shatter-resistant and recyclable. It is clear and has good moisture and gas barrier properties.
R-PET - Remanufactured Polyethylene Terephthalate is made from recycled PET and, like PET, is available in food grade or utility grade, depending on the source of the recycled material.
PP - Polypropylene is a strong and light plastic with a good moisture barrier and is resistant to grease, oils, and chemicals. It has a relatively high melting point and is, therefore, used in products exposed to high temperatures.
PS - Polystyrene is a rather stiff plastic known for it's ease of forming, clarity, low heat transfer, and good thermal insulation.
PVC - Polyvinyl Choride is known for its toughness, strength, clarity, ease of blending, ease of processing, and it's superior resistance to chemicals, grease, and oil.
PLA - Polylactic Acid is a biodegradable, grease and oil resistant, high clarity material made from renewable resources such as corn. It has a low viscosity, making it capable of transferring mold detail very well.