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  Five decades at recycling sector’s cutting edge

Five decades at recycling sector’s cutting edge

Established by its founder George Smith, Casepak is now one of the UK’s most innovative and forward-thinking recycling and waste management firms. 

From modest beginnings as a second-hand carton business, employing just seven people, George’s foresight ensured the business went from strength-to-strength. Opened in 1997, its purpose-built collections and processing facility in Enderby processes 150,000 tonnes of recycled material every year. 

Keeping ahead of developments as always, George saw that the increasing demand for total waste management, coupled with Government legislation to reduce the amount of material going to landfill, would require greater sorting and recycling of waste. Casepak embarked on a new, £21 million venture to design, develop and construct a 165,000 tonnes per annum MRF which opened in 2012. After passing away in 2013, George left Casepak to his eight children, all of whom still play an active part in the business. 

Casepak now employs 136 people, serves 320 private sector organisations and 17 local authorities, delivering high quality recycling services. Casepak as a business was officially incorporated in 1970, and it now sits under its holding company G.A.E Smith (Holdings) Ltd.  

Mark Smith, joint Managing Director of Casepak said,

“We’ve seen a real change in attitudes towards recycling over the years – it's now something that people do inherently, and we’re here to help them and organisations get the very best out the material they place into their recycling bins.  

“Our aim is always to strive for ‘recycling excellence’ and over the last few years we’ve spent a lot of time teaching people how to recycle correctly and be more environmentally responsible; an important issue, not only for the sector, but for society as a whole. 

“Moreover, how we’ve adapted and developed over the last few challenging months is true testament to the dedication and hard-working nature of the entire Casepak team. We’ve seen volumes of waste like never before and have had to act speedily to ensure that the material coming into Casepak was processed smoothly, efficiently and safely.  

“George, my father, is still always at the heart of everything we do. He had a real recycling vision. He was one of the first to recognise the opportunities that lay ahead. His drive, determination and inspiration shaped the company into one of the best independent recyclers in the country.  

“We are continuing his legacy as a family business and are excited to see what lies ahead for Casepak and the recycling industry as a whole. Here’s to the next 50 years!”  

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