Plastic card printers ahead of the recycling game

The Nitecrest Group is a well-known and trusted name in the European market as a plastic card manufacturer.

With over 20 years’ experience within printing they understand the perception that PVC plastic can be seen as not environmentally friendly material, and have decided to explain to customers exactly what happens to the plastic card “skeletons” when the plastic cards are punched out of the sheets.

As an environmentally aware company Nitecrest has joined up with recycling company Rubber and Plastic Collection Services Ltd who collect all of the PVC waste. This waste is then sorted, chopped and shredded before going through granulators, it can then reused and sold back into the industry as pipes and even sometimes reused as PVC credit cards for the public to utilise.

By recycling all waste PVC and other recyclable waste Nitecrest has achieved the accreditation of ISO 14001, which is an internationally accepted standard that outlines how to put an effective environmental management system in place.

John Hart, technical sales director, commented: “It’s a common misperception that PVC plastic is non-recyclable, well we can counteract that by saying that all our waste plastic is collected by a the Rubber and Plastic Collection Services Ltd, who melt the plastic down and remoulding into something new.

"It’s great for the environment and as an ISO 14001 accredited company we understand how this type of recycling of manufactured materials can help sustain the environment we live and work in. Anyone can recycle and help the environment if you are throwing away a plastic card simply add it to the plastic utility collections and they will recycle the PVC card too.”

Nitecrest Group’s recycling doesn’t just stop at PVC plastic, they also offer customers FSC accredited products such as card / paper. This accreditation is recognised by the WWF as the FSC promotes the responsible management of forests worldwide. To find more about how the Nitecrest Group of companies is ensuring they are environmentally friendly visit - http://nitecrest.com/standards/environmental.html