Today (18 December 2018), the government has launched the Resources and Waste Strategy, which aims to overhaul England’s waste system and move the country away from a ‘throw away’ position. As part of this strategy, there will be more onus on manufacturers to take responsibility for the life of their products and packaging. This is a move welcomed by Martin Wasdell, CEO of Europe’s largest independent contract packer for the pharmaceutical industry, Wasdell Packaging.
Martin said: “We put great emphasis on the products and materials we use at Wasdell and build in ways to reduce waste at all stages of manufacture. Our design teams will create a bespoke solution for each product we package to make sure that there is as little wastage and over-use of materials as possible and throughout the packaging process we train our staff to minimise wastage as they go.
“We have also recently secured a deal to become the sole supplier of a new innovative biodegradable type of packaging for both bottles and caps into both Ireland and the UK. With most plastics taking up to 400 years to break down, if at all, this new product can be composted alongside food waste and breaks down completely in less than 10 years due to the high level of nanos in the materials. Researching and trialling new ways to package and more environmentally friendly products is a priority for us at Wasdell as we recognise the part we play in the ongoing impact on the world we live in.
“Wasdell is also proud to be an Investor in Zero Waste business, recognised by letsrecycle.com and is the UK’s premier ongoing recognition scheme which highlights innovation and commitment by businesses, public authorities and third sector organisations to eliminate waste. This has also been supplemented by the introduction of our own delivery fleet, which will ensure that our products are delivered into Europe in the most efficient way, thereby reducing unnecessary journeys and detours from packaging to destination.”