How the Paper and Beverage Carton Industries can contribute to the Circular Economy

A report in Packaging Europe News published on 14th July, highlighted how the European Parliament sent a clear message to the European Commission to address crucial issues in an ambitious circular economy package. These include ending the landfill and incineration of recyclable waste, applying mandatory separate collection schemes and making the bio economy an integral part of the circular economy.


The report added that the European paper and beverage carton industries have called upon the European Commission for a long time to support the industry’s efforts in further improving recycling, but also to extend the scope of the circular economy package from reducing waste to including measures that foster responsible sourcing of raw materials and particularly promote the use of responsibly sourced renewable materials.

Marco Mensink, CEPI Director General said, “The European Parliament has now given a clear mandate for making the bio economy an integral part of the circular economy. Renewability is nature’s way of circularity, clearly recognized by MEPs in their vote.”

Bertil Heerink, ACE Director General added, “A well functioning circular economy will benefit from an increased use of renewable resources. We therefore welcome Thursday’s vote that underlines the importance of shifting from finite to renewable resources. We are looking forward to a constructive dialogue with the European Parliament on all topics related to the circular economy.”

smurfit-kappaIt’s gratifying that our existing recycling strategy supports the circular economy. To this end, we are working in conjunction with our partner, Smurfit Kappa, who handles all our board waste ensuring that it is back in the supply chain in just a few weeks.

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Setting a New Fund-raising Record in the Annual Treetops Golf Tournament

treetops-hospice-logoIt was that time of the year again, when Team fc descended on the Marriott Breadsall Priory Golf Club and Hotel in Derby on 13th May for the annual Treetops Hospice Golf Day tournament. This year, the team helped raise a record amount of over £5,000 for the hospice.

We also sponsored the first prize of the tournament which went to Bionical Ltd. Westfield Health Ltd and Newton Gale Ltd came second and third respectively. Players commented that the course was a challenging one but they enjoyed the day’s competition.

Speaking about the success of the golfing charity drive, Treetops corporate fundraiser, Alex Ward said, “This was one of the most successful Treetops Golf Day tournaments to date. It was great to see so many teams from local businesses taking part. I would like to thank fc cartons, the other companies and everyone who has supported our hospice with charitable donations. The money that’s been raised will go towards helping us deliver great hospice care services.”

Treetops Hospice is one among several of our chosen charities for 2015 and this is our fifth year of participation in the annual charity event.

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Mrs. Hazel Jacques and Mr. Ken Jolly expressing their thanks to everyone attending the Treetops Hospice Golf Day

FC Celebrates Success in Retaining the A Grade in our BRC Accreditation

The pressure was on once more for us to retain the A grade in our annual external BRC audit which was held on 3rd August. Things kicked off at 8.30am and after sitting through a gruelling audit on one of the hottest days of summer this year, we finally got to the end of the meeting. The good news is we retained the A Grade for the second year running and the Team was simply delighted with the result.

The fc team has consistently worked hard every year to ensure that we adhere to the strict BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue Four. The high risk certification provides our customers within the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries the reassurance that we are working to the stringent hygiene demands of the accreditation.

The assessor from NSF Knight Ltd who carried out the audit said,

cartons is a very positive company and there are many good aspects here.”

Debra Woodyatt, fc’s Finance Director said,

“I would like to thank everyone for their efforts on the day and throughout the whole year. Over the past 12 years, all our team members have aligned themselves with our vision. The BRC accreditation is just one of many principles that our business is built upon.”