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25 Year Environment Plan: The breakdown

Jan 11, 2018

SOURCE: 25 Year Environment Plan, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

A new policy paper was published today, by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Setting out what the UK government are going to do to improve the environment over the next 25 years.


The policy paper sets out the government's targets:

  1. Clean air
  2. Clean and plentiful water
  3. Thriving plants and wildlife
  4. A reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards such as flooding and drought
  5. Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
  6. Enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment

The policy paper sets out the 6 key areas in which action will be focussed, which are split across 6 chapters.

CS Recycling were especially interested in Chapter 4: Increasing resource efficiency and reducing pollution and waste and Chapter 6: Protecting and improving the global environment.

Key notes from Chapter 4:

  • The government are committed to develop a new national Resource and Waste strategy to achieve their goal of zero avoidable waste by 2050. This report will be published later in 2018.
  • The government are “committed to supporting comprehensive and frequent waste and recycling collections which protect local amenity and ensure that products are recycled as much as possible, returning high quality materials back to the economy.”
  • The government will be setting out plans for a “Bioeconomy Strategy” later in 2018, looking to develop a bio-based economy and remove dependence on finite fossil resources.
  • The government are going to be seeking views on how the tax system or charges could reduce the amount of single use plastics waste.
  • Research shows that the government have invested roughly £54m of public research and development money on plastics innovation in the past 7 years.
  • At the production stage, the government will encourage producers to take more responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products.
  • By working with the waste management industry and reprocessors, the government looks to significantly increase the proportion of plastic packaging that is collected and recycled.
  • Through the Framework for Greater Consistency, WRAP is working with industry and local authorities to ensure that a consistent set of materials are collected by all local authorities.

Key notes from Chapter 6:

  • The government will provide “international leadership lead by example in tackling climate change and protecting and improving international biodiversity.”
  • They will help “developing nations protect and improve the environment by providing assistance and supporting disaster planning.”
  • They will “support and protect international forests and sustainable agriculture.”
  • And will leave a “lighter footprint on the global environment by enhancing sustainability and supporting zero deforestation supply chains.”
  • They will be reducing UK emissions from 1990 levels by at least 80% by 2050 and publishing a second National Adaptation Programme in 2018.
  • They have promised to use their “diplomacy on the international stage to encourage more ambitious global action”.
  • The government will be phasing out unabated coal-fired electricity by 2025.

Our expert comments:

CS Recycling Managing Director, Craig Curtis, commented “After seeing how quickly China made changes to it's policies on waste import, a 25 year plan seems a little long winded to reform our own policies. Although the general basis of the policy paper sets the UK's sights in the right direction, our environment needs reform sooner rather than later.

“On a positive note, the entire policy paper does indicate the deep level of interest this government has taken in the global and national environment, which is wholly motivating as key contributors to circular economy. We are looking forward to seeing the subsequent policies promised within the paper including new national Resource and Waste strategy and Bioeconomy Strategy””

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CS Recycling's top tips for Christmas recycling

Dec 22, 2017

Nowadays, we are all much more environmentally aware and Christmas time bares no exception. With all the different types of materials used to make products and product packaging, it is more and more difficult to know what the right things to put in the recycling bin are.

At Christmas time, there is substantially more waste, so here’s a guide with the top tips for recycling, this Christmas.

5 top tips for Christmas recycling:

  1. Find your nearest local recycling point – If you find yourself with over the allowed amount of recycling, in your recycling bin, find your local recycling point for the excess, here.
  2. Find out what your local council collects – Each local council has slightly different rules on what they collect and in what bins, familiarise yourself with the rules of your area, by checking here.
  3. Use recyclable wrapping paper – We all love the look of glittery or metallic wrapping paper, but it’s only single-use and virtually unrecyclable. So, if you want to minimise the use of your general waste bin, make sure you use recyclable wrapping paper. (Bonus points if you use recycled wrapping paper!).
  4. Recycle everything you can – We all have a maximum amount of general waste that we can produce at our homes, and at Christmas there is even more waste than usual. By recycling everything you can, it will minimise your general waste production. Although, it’s important to make sure that you keep the quality of your recycling as high as possible, see “if in doubt, throw it out”.
  5. “If in doubt, throw it out” – The Recycling Association has launched a new campaign “When in doubt, throw it out” to make sure that the quality of the items put in the recycling bins are that much better. You can read more about the campaign here.

Top recycling offenders:

  1. Wrapping paper – If the wrapping paper is metallic or covered in glitter, then put it in your general waste bin as this can’t currently be recycled. If it’s the good, old fashioned paper, then stick it in your recycling bin.
  2. Glittery cards – If your Christmas cards are covered in glitter, then this makes them harder to recycle, so it’s better to put them in your general waste bin.
  3. Pringles tubes – We all love to snack at Christmas while watching our favourite movies, but Pringles tubes are hard to recycle, so put them in your general waste bin.

Remember to recycle:

  1. Cranberry Sauce jars – Glass jars can always be recycled, so just wash out any leftover sauce and stick it in your recycling bin.
  2. Toy boxes – After the children have finished playing with the boxes rather than the toys you have given them, make sure you recycle the cardboard boxes. If they have a polystyrene insert in the box, then these should go into the general waste bin.

Expert comments:

Craig Curtis, Managing Director, said “We need to make sure that we recycle as much as we can, without damaging the overall quality of the recycling across the country. It’s important now more than ever with the quality control regulations our export market have put in place.”

We've turned 80 years old!

Nov 14, 2017

CS Recycling Team

CS Recycling has been celebrating its birthday recently.

About our company:

Our company was founded 80 years ago, as Chas Storer Ltd, and now trades as CS Recycling. We still collect paper and cardboard from businesses and organisations just like in 1937, but now we work across the entirety of South East of England. In recent years, we have also started collecting polythene plastics for recycling.

Why we're proud:

We're proud that we have been a family business and family run for the entirety of our establishment. With the 5th Generation of the Curtis family working in the business, we like to think it's a family business success story.

Our Managing Director, Craig Curtis, is renowned in the recycling industry and sits as a board member of The Recycling Association trade body.

This year alone we have been extremely active in our community, supporting up-and-coming local businesses through the Hertfordshire Business Awards 2017, and sponsoring Potters Bar District Under 11s.

We are looking forward to the future of CS Recycling - providing an increasingly efficient and reliable service and working more and more with our community.

Comments from our Managing Director, Craig Curtis:

“People may think that recycling is an activity that we have only been doing in recent years, but we have been doing it for 80 years now.

“It’s been an exciting past couple of years. Last year we celebrated our 50th anniversary at our Potters Bar site, and this year we are celebrating our 80th Birthday.”

“As a proud local resident and owner of a local business, I want to ensure that we continue to work with local companies and our councils to recycle even more than before. Otherwise, we end up throwing away valuable materials that end up in landfill or energy from waste plants. It is much better for the environment in Hertfordshire if we recycle materials and give them a new life as a new product.”

Elmo’s story

Jun 01, 2017

CS Shredding Manager, Simon Cassar, will be riding in a London to Cambridge bike ride to help raise funds for his nephew.

Elmo’s story

Elliott, known as Elmo, was born six weeks prematurely and initially appeared perfectly healthy. However, due to his blood sugars falling dangerously low in the hours after birth, he suffered a brain injury. He spent the first month of his life in intensive care, and due to his poor muscle tone, he subsequently spent many months in and out of intensive care having to be ventilated due to severe respiratory infections. Many times, in his first year, it seemed like he would not survive, but he has fought to make it through to his first birthday. However, he now suffers from cortical visual impairment, delayed development and has very low muscle tone.

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Potters Bar District Football Club scored success

May 11, 2017

Our local under-11 football team scored success at the 43rd PwC Jersey Primary Football Festival in April.

The story:

Potters Bar District Football Club Under-11s attended the 43rd PwC Jersey Primary Football Festival representing the area in an 18-team tournament; containing teams from Jersey, Gloucester, Plymouth, St Albans and others.

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Walking Floor Trailer collections

Jun 27, 2016

Walking Floor Trailers

Aimed at large Warehouses, Distribution Centres and Waste Transfer Stations there is a way to maximise the rebated value of your baled cardboard, paper and LDPE (polythene) plastic.

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Watford cardboard recycling collections

Mar 23, 2016

Covering the Northern Home Counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, CS Recycling has the perfect collection solution for your companies recycling needs.

Whether recycling paper, cardboard or plastic. We have a fleet of vehicles ranging from our Roll On Roll Off Service for open top containers or packer bins, Dustcarts and Self Load Moffett lorries to Curtain Siders and smaller tail lift vehicles, tailor made services to help make it easy for types of business to recycle their waste.

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Is the weight of your recycling accurate?

Nov 11, 2015

Weight is a key factor in many business sectors and the recycling industry is no exception.

In all commercial applications where products are sold by weight it is a legal requirement that weighing equipment must be verified as ‘legal for trade’ or ‘trade approved’.

This means that the equipment in our case ‘the weighbridge’ has undergone a stringent set of tests to ensure it is sufficiently accurate and fit for purpose.

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How to get free cardboard collections

Sep 23, 2015

As we all know nothing in life is for free and this also applies to cardboard waste collections. There are a number of ways you can get your cardboard collected for recycling.

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Recycling collections for North London

Jun 06, 2015

Covering North London and the Home Counties of; Middlesex, Herts, Beds, Bucks and Essex. CS recycling is the right choice for your plastic, paper and cardboard recycling collections.

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40 Yard Roll on Roll off Cardboard and Paper Recycling Collections

Oct 28, 2014

40 Yard Roll on Roll off Cardboard and Paper Recycling Collections

Known by a couple of names, such as 40 yard roll off to RoRo skips and containers these commercial recycling bins are one of the best ways of collecting large volumes of paper and cardboard for recycling.

Weights and collections
The maximum weight for our open top RoRo collections is 10 tonnes. This is not a problem when packing with Cardboard, as a well packed container can reach a capacity of around 4 tonnes. With paper it is possible to exceed 10 tonnes if packed with flat sheets or palletised paper.

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Extreme Ice Bucket Challenge CS Recycling Style

Sep 01, 2014

Extreme Ice Bucket Challenge

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CS Recycling are looking for 7.5 Tonne Lorry Drivers

Jun 30, 2014


CS Recycling are currently looking for a full time driver to work at their Potters Bar depot in Hertfordshire.

  • License to drive a 7.5 tonne lorry
  • Over 25 years of age and holding a UK driving license for 2 years
  • The candidate will be CRB checked.
  • Hours 6.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Starting salary £400 per week

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Moffett Recycling Collections

Oct 29, 2013

CS Recycling's truck mounted forklift ensures FASTER, SAFER and more COST EFFECTIVE collections without disruption to your business.

Your Key Benefits

  • Self Loading to help free up your staff
  • Fully Qualified Drivers & Operators
  • Collection of bales without pallets
  • Regular pick-ups to help with your storage space
  • Competitive rates paid for wire tied mill size bales
  • Average 30 bale load capacity
  • No disruption to your business

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The 5 most important things you should recycle

Oct 16, 2015


These days most people realize that out of date and used computers will not go to landfill. But did you know there are lots of companies willing to take them off your hands, along with people willing to refurbish them for people who cannot afford to buy new.

One such service provider is PCD Computer Recycling their website is Not only will they collect for free, they will also provide you with free certification stating the data has been wiped and the environmental disposal of any hardware. At the other end of the spectrum you have computer companies like Dell offering customers old for new recycling when purchasing new computers, along with printer cartridges and laptop batteries.

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Is Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) Ethical? You Decide

Sep 17, 2015

Under existing EU legislation it became mandatory from January 2015 for companies from all member states to collect waste paper, metal, plastic and glass must be done by separate collection and they must ensure the waste that has been separately collected is not mixed with other materials of different properties.

This requirement applies to the commercial waste sector, for collection of commercial and industrial waste.

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Company Guide to Recycling

Sep 11, 2015

We all know how important it is to recycle waste products within the home environment. Why doesn't this transfer so well to the workplace. The following guide is to help companies set up and create a recycling culture within the workplace.

Maybe the first question to ask is, as a business why should we recycle in the first place? Well the truth is it makes good business sense.

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Insight: How do you recycle paper?

Aug 20, 2015

In the UK we recycle over 78% of our paper and have already exceeded the European Declaration on Paper Recycling for 2011 to 2015. As a nation, we use over 12.5 million tonnes of paper each year.

In 2008, a study showed that 11 million tonnes of CO2 was avoided by recycling paper. This equates to taking 3.5 million cars of the road.

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Interesting recycling facts for home-work

Aug 13, 2015

What is recycling?

Recycling is when we re-use products, packaging and food that we no longer need. It is then turned into something new or recycled into energy.

The reason why we recycle is to reduce our use of new raw materials, which cost a lot of money to produce. By recycling our waste we are helping to reduce our carbon footprint, as we use less energy and raw materials to produce more products.

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Plastic Packaging Recycling for Businesses

Jul 07, 2015

Compared with other waste streams such as paper, cardboard or metals, the rate of plastics recovered for recycling is very low. It is estimated only around 8 % is recycled resulting in 92 % of all plastic waste heading to landfill.

Most companies & businesses receive goods or send out goods on pallets covered in LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) more commonly known as ‘cling film’, ‘pallet wrap’ or ‘shrink wrap’ plastic. It is the most common type of plastic used by UK manufacturers.

This type of plastic, like all others take many years to decompose in landfill sites when in fact it is widely recycled and CS Recycling can help advise you how best to do this.

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Paper & Cardboard Recycling for Schools

Jun 30, 2015

Some statistics about schools first, courtesy of ‘The Department for Education’.

There are over 24,000 schools in England alone with over 8.2 million students. This is a huge number when you consider that paper is the main recyclable material generated by schools, accounting for at least 25% of total waste, followed by cardboard packaging from canteens and equipment supplies.

Most schools currently spend between £ 300 and £ 1000 on waste disposal each year depending on size and produce a minimum of 1 tonne of waste per term. This bill could be reduced if you recycled your paper and cardboard.

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How to Identify Different Types of Plastic

Aug 07, 2014

How to Identify Different Types of Plastic

Types of plastic are identified by different symbols. The codes are agreed internationally in order to provide clarity on the chemical makeup of each plastic substrate and determines the grading for recycling of these substrates.

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Deposits for Glass & Plastic Bottles Ignites Debate

Jun 11, 2014

Should the UK reintroduce deposits on glass bottles and go a step further to include deposits on plastic bottles and cans?

Currently there is a campaign running in the Netherlands to maintain the refundable deposit on glass bottles and even expanding this to include plastic and cans.

Known as one of the fore runners and core recycling countries in Europe, the Dutch Parliament is currently discussing a move to abolish it.

Scandinavian countries have refundable deposits on cans, Belgium on large plastic bottles and in Germany on both cans and plastic bottles.

Plastic waste remains a large problem for Europe and beyond.

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Watch our Video on Paper Recycling for Printing Companies

Apr 29, 2014

At CS Recycling we offer a full range of recycling services tailored to your individual requirements.

We help printing organisations across North London and Home Counties recycle their waste paper and cardboard quickly, safely whilst observing current legislation.

We know the price you get for your recycled material is a defining factor when considering a change in supplier however this is not the only consideration.

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Choosing the Right Cardboard, Paper or Plastic Baler

Apr 17, 2014

Running a business generates recyclable waste that must be disposed of in the correct way.

Separating materials into bins is one method or alternatively you can compact your recyclables into a baler.

There are two basic types of balers, a vertical baler is sufficient in most cases or horizontal balers for very high volumes of material.

You will want to make sure to choose the right one for you based on the waste type and volume you will be handling Cardboard, Paper or Plastic.

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Landfill prices on the increase

Jul 18, 2017

SOURCE: WRAP Gate Fees Report 2017

It’s becoming more and more important to recycle… For financial reasons, if nothing else.

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Why Pringles hit the news

Jun 17, 2017

Photography copyright: ALAMY

The Recycling Association was recently asked by the BBC to identify products that are difficult to recycle. The Association highlighted the iconic Pringles container, which incorporates a mix of materials that are difficult to separate, and Lucozade Sport bottles, which have a branding jacket that is unrecyclable and difficult to remove from the bottle.

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Hertfordshire fly-tipping out of control

Jun 14, 2017

Photography copyright: PrestonScenery, Pinterest

Everyone needs to do their bit to crack down on fly-tipping. It’s important that Hertsmere Borough Council, local businesses and the local community should unite to prevent fly-tipping from increasing in the area.

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The first Quality First Conference 2017

Apr 10, 2017

As CS Recycling are a part of the Recycling Association, we attended the first Quality First Conference. This comprised of a full day of speakers; starting with a keynote by Recycling Association President, Adrian Jackson. The day included notable speakers such as Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability at Coca Cola and Kevin Vyse, Head of Packaging Innovation Technology at Marks and Spencer.

The Quality First Conference was the first of its kind since the creation of the Quality First Scheme. The scheme aims to raise awareness of the need for the UK to improve the quality of its recyclable materials.

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China's National Sword

Mar 17, 2017

Photography copyright: Overflo

As international suppliers of recyclates, CS Recycling see the significance of the new National Sword regulations that have been recently announced. This shows, now more than ever, the importance of the Quality First program led by The UK Recycling Association. It’s a call to action for all participants of the recycling supply chain; from packaging designers to manufacturers to reprocessors such as ourselves.

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Waste Management for England 2015 report summary and comments

Oct 31, 2016

Source: EA, Waste management 2015 in England report summary

Proceeding the release of the annual waste management report for England, by the Environment Agency, we have noticed some significant trends among waste management.

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Plastic Island in the Pacific Ocean

Oct 23, 2015

At CS Recycling we believe the need for plastic recycling is very important as illustrated by recent articles we published in our ‘News’ section.

Plastic Packaging Recycling for Businesses – 7 July and Deposits for Glass & Plastic Bottles Ignites Debate – 11 June.

The ‘Plastic Island’ has had a lot of press coverage recently and for those who may have missed we would like to repeat some of the basic facts.

In the Pacific Ocean there is a phenomenon known as ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’, ‘Floating Plastic Island’ or simply ‘Garbage Island’.

Although it sits between Japan and Hawaii the waste comes from Asia, Canada and the US.

Worldwide 100 million tonnes of plastic is produced annually, 10% of which ends up in the sea, emanating from platforms, ships or blown from land.

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See How Artists Are Turning Recycling Into Masterpieces

Sep 30, 2015

This week we are featuring work by the artist Ptolemy Elrington.

Born in the South of England and growing up in the North, Ptolemy studied Art and Design at Bradford and Ilkley Community College during the mid-eighties. His sculptures are of natural forms and are created from recycled plastic hubcaps.

His work has been commissioned by the likes of DEFRA, The Eden Project, The Environment Agency and the R.S.P.B.

Ptolemy has also made TV appearances on Richard and Judy and Blue Peter.

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