We are proud of our green record and have won awards for our contributions to the Environment and Sustainability.
Environmental matters have been at the heart of our operations since our foundation in 1988 and we achieved high environmental standards long before they became either fashionable or statutory. Whether innovating in products, developing better processes, or creating initiatives – often at our own cost – the company leads its sector in environmental responsibility.
Polyprint was one of the first companies in its sector to achieve the environmental ISO14001 certification (in 2007).
We set specific environmental objectives each year. Initiatives have included: recycling production waste, including polythene, polypropylene, inks, solvents, printing stereos (plates), cleaning cloths (via a launder process), paper; cardboard, metals, pallets, pallet strapping, batteries, the aim being to reduce our landfill to less than 5%.
Following a specially-commissioned Carbon Trust survey we developed an energy policy to ensure that we minimise our usage of all types of energy.
We have been recycling our polythene products, including poly bags, since day one, in October 1988 and in the 1990s we started to take in consumer polythene waste from the public for recycling. In 2009 we entered into a partnership with the forward thinking Broadland D.C. to provide the first drop off point in the country for the general public to recycle their domestic waste polythene.
We are taking a leading role in educating and leading our industry towards recycling. Rather than subscribe to the throwaway culture that degradable polythene is based on; we prefer to advocate recycling and gladly offer advice and guidance to anyone in the industry who asks for it, free of charge – even to competitors.
We even take in other companies’ waste inks, at no charge. Generally bespoke inks are stockpiled in printing plants, as they are costly and difficult to dispose of – Polyprint has developed processes to recycle many of these products. We also take ink from ink companies’ other clients for recycling.
We pioneered thinner films and were the first in the UK to use 12 micron film in the mailing industry, where the previous standard was 30 micron. As well as saving on raw material usage, this has a significant saving in our transportation carbon footprint.
We accept polythene for recycling, free of charge, from anyone who wants to send it to us. We receive on average seven large boxes and three mail sacks of post each day. In addition, working with Broadland District Council, we have pioneered the installation of two polythene recycling bins outside our Rackheath warehouse. The general public fill these bins several times a week; we manage the project and process the recycling free of charge as part of our responsibility to the local community.
Although we have achieved much, we continue to strive for further improvements in the environmental sustainability of the business. We remain enthusiastic to make a difference and to ensure that our business is sustainable for the future.