Contact Originators reaches ‘zero waste to landfill’ landmark

Packaging origination and flexographic plates manufacturer, Contact Originators, has now reached ‘zero waste to landfill’ status.

Partnering with waste recovery specialist B&M Waste Services (‘B&M’), Contact now sends 100% of its site waste to be either reused, recycled or recovered at a dedicated ‘waste-to-energy’ plant, supporting the company’s drive towards circular and sustainable waste pathways. 

The announcement marks the next important step on Contact’s long-term sustainability journey, as it aims to be the most ecologically sound business of its kind in the reprographics sector and support its print and packaging customers in new ways. 

Jo Grundy, Quality & Systems Manager at Contact Originators, said: “We are thrilled to announce that we have reached zero waste to landfill in our operations – this is an enormous step for our team at Contact! With the support of leading business waste specialist B&M, we have fundamentally changed how we do business. Our class-leading service and product range remains, but now our corrugated and flexible packaging customers can also rest assured that all our waste is managed responsibly and that our work contributes to a cleaner supply chain. A siloed approach to print and packaging sustainability simply doesn’t work. It’s about the bigger picture and seeing the supply chain as a connected whole, which of course includes prepress. 

“Reaching zero waste to landfill has an enormous impact on our carbon footprint, but we know that our journey’s not over. Contact Originators is a business that’s unafraid to lead and is never satisfied with ‘average’ – just ask our customers! Targeting carbon neutrality is one thing, but we’re aiming for carbon negative as our end goal.” 

Rebecca McKew, Account Manager at B&M Waste Services, added: “We are delighted to be working with Contact Originators to help in their journey to becoming carbon negative. We look forward to finding further ways to improve their waste management in the future to help them achieve their goal.” 

Contact Originators, which today supplies origination services and high performance flexo plates to the corrugated and flexible packaging sectors, has previously affirmed its commitment to ethical packaging reprographics by signing up to UN Global Compact.  

The world’s largest sustainability initiative, UN Global Compact is focused on 10 key operating principles in areas such as human rights, environmental impact and anti-corruption.  

Jo added: “In all aspects, we are putting supply chain sustainability at the heart of our business. Solid UN Global Compact principles guide our activities and development, and it’s a great demonstration of who Contact is as a business.  

“We can, and do, provide class-leading service to our printer customers, but it’s about going above and beyond. As a business, we are responsible, resource efficient and ethically sound. Achieving zero waste to landfill is just the latest evidence of this as we continue to evolve.”  To find out more about Contact Originators and its range of products and services to packaging printers and brand owners, please visit contact-group.co.uk.

Header image: Contact Originators Group CEO, Steve Mulcahy, with Jo Grundy, Quality & Systems Manager at Contact Originators.

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