James Cropper

James Cropper Speciality Papers is the UK's only truly bespoke speciality paper manufacturer of any scale and one of the world's foremost makers of coloured paper. Based in Cumbria, this family-run company sells its papers in over 50 countries. It is part of James Cropper plc, a UK-based specialist and advanced materials group of companies.

How we helped

We have worked with James Cropper for a number of years, initially contacting them about our wood recycling services. This resulted in us carrying out a waste site audit which revealed that there was very little waste segregation being carried out and that 80% of the general waste was being sent to landfill.

Working with the company we provided a number of dedicated recycling containers, predominantly to handle the large amount of waste paper/card that was being produced. This service has then been adapted over the years to meet the needs of the company and in 2013 we began sending general waste that could not be recycled in the normal manner to a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) plant where this waste is transformed into a green fuel.

Of all the waste we handle for James Cropper each week, well over 90% of it is now recycled and soon the company will be able to report zero waste to landfill. It is no longer paying high disposal costs to now receiving an income from its waste.

James Cropper has also opened the world’s first facility that will recycle disposable plastic coated coffee cups and reuse the pulp to make paper. We are currently working on a project that will support this by taking the cups and shredding, baling and wrapping them to make them easier to process.

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What they think

We have always received excellent service from Cumbria Waste Group. Over the years we have demanded more from them and they have always delivered exactly what we need.

They are flexible and very responsive and being a business that also operates outside normal office hours, this is exactly what we are need.

We are working towards achieving zero waste to landfill status and Cumbria Waste Group is playing an important role on this, helping to find markets for our different waste materials and identifying innovative ways of dealing with the small amounts of waste that are traditionally hard to recycle.

Paul Knaggs, Raw Materials Coordinator

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