Nick Thomas-Symonds MP with Managing Director, Roger Phillips

On 6 August 2018, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP visited Capital Valley Plastics, in Cwmavon, to present a certificate in recognition of the company’s nomination as the Torfaen Constituency’s “Responsible Business Champion” to Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group, which is chaired by Jonathan Djanogly MP and Baroness Greengross.  

Parliamentarians were asked to look for companies that are: supporting the local community; investing in healthy workplaces; offering apprenticeships and training; working to reduce their environmental impact; and working with suppliers & SMEs to support responsible business practice. The criteria for the 2018 national award reflect the fact that the Group is encouraging large companies to support smaller companies as they develop and implement responsible business practices.  Each Member of Parliament was asked to nominate a company. 

Capital Valley Plastics is a manufacturer of polythene film for the construction industry. Under the strapline “Harmonising Industry with Nature” the company starts with waste plastic and turns it into a 100% saleable, recycled product.  The winner of the award across the UK was BAE Systems Land UK chosen by a Parliamentary judging panel which looked at nominations from MPs representing constituencies across the UK. 

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP said:

“So many constituents have contacted me about plastic waste being dumped in our seas and oceans.  The waste plastic used as raw material by Capital Valley Plastics would otherwise end up in our seas or oceans, or in landfill, or in our streets.  Capital Valley Plastics is a company that deserves recognition on the national stage for this environmental work.  Their business model is of benefit to the environment not only in Torfaen, but across the country, and they present an exemplar for a sustainable method of recycling plastic waste.”

Roger Phillips, Managing Director of Capital Valley Plastics, said:

“We are very proud of our achievements to date and are very excited about the next stage of development for Capital Valley Plastics, we hope to engage more with local communities and schools, and are engaging with a few charities that are either educating the public, especially school children, or physically taking polluting plastics from the seas.

Capital Valley Plastics manufacture over 9000 tonnes of finished products that are 100% recycled. All of which is made from polythene waste. As Nick said, if we weren’t recycling the polythene scrap, these materials could potentially end up in land fill or in our oceans and seas. Since EMC and Capital Valley Plastics were formed the companies have recovered over 250,000 tonnes of polythene scrap, so we are certainly doing our bit to improve the plastic pollution crisis we are all faced with.

We are honoured that Nick has nominated our company and are very proud to accept this recognition. All our staff work very hard and they should be very proud of the positive environmental impact their work achieves.”

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