A packaging is essentially a means of containing, protecting, presenting and handling any type of goods or produce.
Packaging itself can be subdivided into three groups:
- Primary packaging of goods for handling by end users or consumers
- Secondary packaging, used for bulk handling of primary packaging, for example grates, boxes, containers, etc.
- Transit packaging, such as pallets, cardboard cases, large bins, plastic film wrapping, used for handling goods during transport and loading/unloading of goods
Packaging materials vary but they can generally be categorised as either:
- Metal (mainly steel and aluminium)
Plastic is the most commonly used packaging material, with more than 50% of goods packaged in plastic of some description. These materials are light, relatively strong, energy efficient and economic in use.
Because of its sheer volume, packaging waste becomes quite visible and often this leads to the complaints of it being unsightly, and a public nuisance. Recovering packaging is therefore a wholly desirable and necessary industry.
Here at B & J Parr, our interest is in the recycling of any plastic packaging waste. Recovery and recycling of packaging is well developed by various kerbside schemes and these often are post consumer waste, however we are more involved in recycling packaging that is clean.
If you would like more information on our packaging waste recycling processes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.