Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Reducing environment impact of our operations
Supporting our customer
Partnering with suppliers
Caring for our colleagues
Investing in the community
Doing things the right way

The Group’s overall waste tonnages decreased despite additional sales and further acquisitions, maintaining our waste management objectives to deliver a high recycling and recovery rate.

This has been achieved during 2020 with support from Reconomy initially and then by Footprint Recycling, our new waste management service provider, during the year. We have been able to carry out more site audits at our facilities, local toolbox talks, and providing reports to help manage waste streams and costs together with implementing continuous improvement programmes in monitoring waste volumes and increasing segregations of waste streams. Not all of our sites were supported by Reconomy and Footprint Recycling in 2020 and therefore assumptions have been made in the collection of certain data.

Our goal to achieve a ’zero to landfill’ status in 2020 was very close with all businesses across the Group achieving over 99.2% of waste diverted from landfill. The levels of waste segregated on site increased to 83% (2019: 73%).

Our Labels division, through recycling 86 tonnes (2019: 50 tonnes) of paper-based backing product as part of their waste reduction programme, achieved 98.3% (2019: 99.9%) waste diverted from landfill.

Table 4 demonstrates significant improvements in the recycling and recovery rate figures in the last ten years.

Further achievements in 2020 are:

  • The majority of Macfarlane sites now purchase electricity through renewable sources.
  • Twelve of our sites are now registered as FSC® accredited, facilitating the procurement and distribution of sustainably sourced products.

Our key environmental objectives for 2021 include:

  • Continuous review and appraisals of all sites every quarter with a view to making efficiencies;
  • Consider options for capital expenditure to improve efficiency in the Group’s recovery and recycling activities, taking into account the findings from our Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (’ESOS’) report;
  • Incorporate all new sites under the Group waste contract therefore ensuring compliance, regular reviews and appraisals to support the overall Group targets;
  • Continuation of our programme to introduce LED lighting throughout our sites;
  • Deliver savings through the Manufacturing Waste Reduction Programme;
  • Transition plan to register recent acquisitions to BSI ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard; and
  • Increasing the number of RDC’s capable of selling products which are FSC certified as coming from sustainable sources.


Table 4 – Recycling & Recovery Rate