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Could Plastic Packaging Actually Be An Asset To The Green Economy?

Although plastic isn’t the first thing that anyone jumps when considering eco-friendliness, it could actually work as an asset to the UK’s green economy. Thanks to reliable cardboard and plastic collection, you can quickly and easily have all kinds of plastic packaging recycled and placed back in circulation, rather than send it straight to the landfill.

Consumer thinking is one of the most important parts of packaging design. Customers tend to think that plastic, the subject of a lot of campaigns to convince them to recycle, is a harmful material that companies should be trying to avoid wherever possible. Of course, most consumers don’t hear about the research undertaken by INCPEN and the British Plastics Federation which proves that rigid plastic packaging is not only safe, but has great environmental credentials too!

Negative Perceptions Of Plastic Are Hurting The UK’s Eco-Friendliness

Plastics are an essential part of modern life. However, despite that, they are still treated negatively by all kinds of consumers. The simple fact remains that, although hard plastic could offer a range of great advantages to product packaging, most businesses are terrified of the public’s reaction and are spending tens of thousands of pounds researching new forms of packaging that looks more eco-friendly.

There is no one-size fits all solution in the world of food packaging, but hard plastics could easily provide the widest range of advantages, without impacting the UK’s drive to a circular economy.

The LINPAC director of innovation, Ana Fernandez, said that: “when considered over the entire life of the packaging, paper and cardboard embody far more greenhouse gases than its plastic equivalent and is extremely intensive to manufacture”.

So, we’re going to take a look at the reasons why good old hard plastic packaging is a better solution for food packaging than paper and cardboard alternatives.

Why Is Hard Plastic A Sustainable Choice For Food Packaging?

1. Durability – First of all, hard plastic is just a better packaging material than paper and cardboard. It is easier to stack, handle and deliver, is less likely to break open and keeps the food uncontaminated during transit. Even before we reach the sustainability benefits, it is the better option of the two.

2. Takes Less Energy To Manufacture – Contrary to popular belief, plastic is much easier to manufacture than durable cardboard or paper packaging. It creates a much lower carbon footprint than its competitors during the initial manufacture.

3. Last Much Longer During Recycling – Most materials can only be recycled a finite number of times. Cardboard and paper can only be recycled two or three times before its quality becomes degraded. Rigid plastics can be recycled more often before its quality starts to suffer, meaning that they can be reused again and again before needing to be destroyed.

That means cardboard and plastic collection companies can use plastic multiple times, whereas cardboard and paper can only be used once or twice.

4. Contamination – Most papers and cardboard cannot be recycled once they are contaminated with food. If they are, then all nearby cardboard is also likely to become contaminated and unusable. That means a lot of packaging, including pizza boxes, can’t be recycled and trying to do so is actually more damaging. Hard plastics can easily be cleaned and rinsed out to prevent any kind of contamination occurring.

Choose Cardboard And Plastic Collection Services For Your Business

At Recycling Services, we can provide cardboard and plastic collection services to make sure that all your waste is dealt with in the most environmentally-friendly manner possible. Whether you are a retail outlet that has to deal with high volumes of bulk packaging, or an office space that burns through cardboard and paper extremely quickly, using our great services you can make sure that your environmental impact is kept as low as possible.

For more information on our reliable cardboard and plastic collection services, you can get in touch with our team today on 01952 204471. If you have any questions, email our team at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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