A recent environmental audit by the British Standards Institution (BSI), showed that North Wales-based AST Plastic Containers, a manufacturer of high-quality plastic containers based on the Wrexham industrial estate, has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 13% in two years.
The company accomplished the reduction by using energy from 100% renewable sources; implementing an energy efficiency programme which included upgrading machinery and optimizing raw material usage. The company achieved ISO 14001 in 2019, an international standard for effective environmental management systems, ensuring that environmental sustainability is at the core of its operations.
The latest annual audit against its ISO 14064-1 certificate, demonstrates continues to improve technologies and manufacturing efficiencies to reduce CO2 emissions. The production line works 24/7 from its UK base in Wrexham and recently increased its production by 20% and staff by 25% in response to a surge in demand for its 5 and 10-litre containers from cleaning and sanitising product manufacturers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AST Plastic Containers is part of the German AST Group. The company operates at six sites across Europe and distributes more than 100 million units a year to customers in more than 15 countries.