Hereford based manufacturing company Elite Plastics has won the inaugural ‘Sustainability Initiative of the Year’ award at the recent Plastics Industry Awards in London which took place on November 17. 

Now in its 22nd year, the Plastics Industry Awards is dedicated to rewarding innovation and exceptional performance and this year, it introduced the ‘Sustainability Initiative of the Year’ award to recognise companies that are excelling in making the plastic industry more environmentally friendly and sustainable. 

Elite Plastics is one of the UK’s leading, family-owned extrusion companies based in Hereford, specialising in extrusion, printing, conversion and recycling of polythene films, bags and cover packaging products. 

Josh Salmon, Director at Elite Plastics, was on hand to collect the award alongside his mother Jane Salmon.

He said: “As a proud industry leading manufacturer based in Hereford delivering our products across the UK, Ireland and Europe we are ecstatic to have won this award and be representing our counties manufacturing excellence on a national level. It’s a great feeling to have our efforts and investments recognised by the industry.

“Sustainability is a core of everything we do at Elite as we strive to be one of the most sustainable manufacturers in our industry. Winning this award demonstrates how much we have achieved so far at Elite and I’m really proud of everyone’s efforts.” 

Before being presented with the award the host Marcus Brigstocke said that the judges were “hugely impressed by the current initiatives and future predictions”

In the evening programme the judges notes said on Elite Plastics:

Family-owned Elite Plastics has walked the talk, placing sustainability at the core of every aspect of its business … Elite has established itself as a sustainable and technological leader through continuous investment and innovation”

Elite Plastics has made significant investment in its production site in Hereford that includes a large solar panel installation on the roof of the company’s two extrusion halls, a multi-million-pound investment in brand new state of the art production lines that have been optimised for energy efficient production and integrating recycled content.

A new recycling line to double the site’s recycling capabilities and introduce closed loop recycling to its customers. The announcement of the companies Net Zero Carbon Strategy. The installation of a comprehensive energy management and data monitoring system for all extrusion lines to optimise and reduce energy consumption.

The list of projects and initiatives completed goes on. All of the investments have been made to increase the sites production capacity to facilitate further growth creating more jobs in Herefordshire.

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