Carbon Neutral Packaging Materials.
New investment provides green corrugated cardboard for use at GWP
Two of the partners in Corrboard – the corrugator GWP helped launch and continues to have strong ties with – have invested £5.5m in the creation of a sustainable energy generation facility fuelled by organic waste.
The investment in CorrBoard Bioenergy (CB Bio) by Swanline and McLaren Packaging, will facilitate the production of carbon neutral corrugated material for use at GWP’s manufacturing plant in Cricklade, Wiltshire.
There is also the potential for some of the waste needed for the 6,400 megawatt / annum energy plant to be sourced from GWP’s packaging users who require compliant food waste disposal. This, in turn, would create a robust circular economy.
What is the Corrboard Anaerobic Digester?
CB Bio is located adjacent to CorrBoard UK, the consortium-owned independent corrugated producer based in Scunthorpe of which GWP are part owners.
The plant, which uses German BioConstruct Anaerobic Digester (AD) technology and was installed by British firm BioG-UK, has the capacity to divert 25,000 tonnes of biological waste from landfill. This would be able to provide more than twice CorrBoard UK’s energy consumption (currently 400KWh) or the equivalent electricity and heat to sustain 1,500 homes.
The by-product that the plant produces can also be used as a fertiliser, suitable for spreading on local farmland to aid crop growing. The plant is modular in construction too, and therefore output capacity can be increased in future if the opportunity arises.
Although autonomous neighbouring businesses, this innovative facility effectively makes CorrBoard UK’s production carbon neutral, providing an advantage to its customers and partners.
With advanced processing and software technology, the CB Bio plant can be operated remotely out of hours to maximise the uptime efficiency of the 800KwHr CHP units.
CorrBoard UK also has the ability to switch seamlessly between electricity from CB Bio and the National Grid, thereby providing protection against outage from either source.
The CB Bio plant also has an automated de-packing line, but provision has been made to accommodate waste delivered in tankers, on pallets or in specialist skips.
In addition to vegetable food waste, the company is certified to process Category 2 and 3 animal by-product (ABP) waste.
Benefits of Corrboard Bio-Energy
The clear benefit of the AD Plant is that it allows the production of the carbon neutral materials which can be used for manufacturing packaging, thus passing the benefit onto GWP customers.
But besides this, it also allows for GWP customers a sustainable way to manage their waste – particularly businesses in the food and drink industries.
Ruth Cook, Managing Director of GWP Group commented;
Below are a number of key facts and figures regarding the Corrboard anaerobic digester…
A brief overview video – highlighting the key elements of the project – is available to view on the GWP YouTube channel.
Please click below in order to view this, or click here to see all of GWP’s packaging videos.
Other Environmental Initiatives at GWP
GWP have ourselves continually invested in green initiatives over the past decade.
For example, all lighting at our Cricklade facility was switched to LED. The project has resulted in a reduction in energy usage by 114,000Kwh per year, and has also lowered C02 emissions by 47 tons annually.
Besides this, GWP have sought to use the most efficient and modern production equipment and machinery available, including new die cutting equipment and a material baler that had significant environmental benefits.
This focus on environmentally friendly packaging has even extended to product development – such as Corrispring cardboard alternative to foam packaging, and the new Rapitainer returnable transit packaging solution.
Ruth Cook also added;
Located in Scunthorpe, the UK’s newest Corrugator is housed in a 320,000 square foot facility. The new equipment and venture as a whole provides a huge range of benefits for GWP Group, and in particular, the consistent supply of high quality raw materials (i.e. corrugated cardboard).
Find Out More
For further information on Corrboard Bio Energy, you can visit the dedicated website at www.corrboard-bioenergy.co.uk
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