Valpak has been providing simple, innovative environmental solutions to over 4,000 customers since 1997
The year of the pandemic
Valpak Consulting carried out a project to isolate the changes in consumption and recycling in 2020 and assess the potential compliance position. Findings can be found in our PackFlow Covid report.
Another busy year for Valpak!
Valpak-sponsored expedition to collect scientific data on marine litter and clean up Henderson Island’s polluted beach. We also provided resource to Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Upstream Battle, which tackled litter along the Clyde. We launched the world’s first zero-carbon battery collection, hosted Plastic Matters seminars and produced the PackFlow Hybrid Model report to highlight key drivers to increasing recycling identified in PackFlow 2025, and to examine which options proposed by Government offer the best opportunity for the UK.
In December, Valpak was acquired by Reconomy, an outsourced waste and recycling services business. PlasticFlow 2025 report was produced to help Defra understand levels of UK plastic packaging placed on the market and recycled. Valpak worked with members to assess the UK drinks market and potential Deposit Return Scheme options, which are summarised in a DRS report.
Celebrating 20 years!
The Insight Platform is born
Valpak established a service to raise awareness of and help companies to comply with the requirements of section 54 of the new Modern Slavery Act.
Valpak developed web-based portals, which use client data to help increase supply chain transparency and minimise risk.
PackFlow 2025 report was published, the report was designed to inform Government decision making on EU circular economy proposals on EPR and future WEEE targets.
A focus on metal packaging
New members of the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) announced. Adrian Hawkes, Valpak’s Policy Director appointed to represent large compliance schemes taking over from Steve Gough, Valpak’s CEO.
MetalFlow 2014 report was published, the report focuses steel and aluminium packaging supply chain in the UK.
All about energy
Glass target consultation took place and targets were adjusted in line with GlassFlow 2012 recommendations. This adjustment in targets saved the UK approximately £64 million. Plastic Packaging Market Study (Plastic Flow) 2014 report was published identifying lower levels of plastic packaging going onto the market than previously predicted. UK established ESOS Regulations 2014. Valpak launched an Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) service.
Selling the MRF
New 5 year packaging waste recovery and recycling targets became effective from 1 January 2013. These targets included a split glass target and a 5% annual increase in plastic targets.
On 18 February 2013 the assets and business of Valpak Recycling (North West) Limited were sold to JWS Lancashire Limited.
Glassflow 2012 report is published; the report investigates why the UK glass packaging recycling sector experienced a lot of volatility during 2012.
Zero Waste to Landfill
April UK CRC Regulations come into force.
Valpak set up CRC Compliance Service.
On 5 May UK Waste Batteries Regulations came into force.
March Valpak launched new UK Green Dot Code of Practice.
Valpak approved as operator of Batteries Producer Compliance Scheme.
Valpak’s head office gained ISO 14001 accreditation and became one of approximately only 10,000 other companies to obtain this in the UK.
Design for a better environment
Valpak sponsored the Royal College of Art Design for a Better Environment award.
Valpak Consulting were involved in the pioneering Glasgow Recycles partnership project.
On 2 January UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations come into force.
Valpak was approved as operator of WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme.
Valpak, in partnership with Wincanton, launch the “WEEE recycle-more” campaign in Glasgow. This campaign saw an uplift over 150% in material to the Glasgow Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs).
Valpak Recycling North West
Valpak strengthened its range of compliance and recycling solutions with the purchase of the Waste Management Group (WMG) Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Preston, which was integrated into the current Valpak Recycling operation. This facility is one of the UK’s leading plastic sorting and grading sites and draws material from across the whole of the UK.
The first PackFlow 2005 research project findings are announced to cement Valpak’s position as the expert on Producer Responsibility issues.
rescape™ recycling banks
Commercial glass collection
Valpak sells its ground breaking commercial glass collection business, recycle-more-glass, to the UK’s largest commercial and domestic glass collector and processor Berryman. The scheme collects 60,000 tonnes of glass a year, the equivalent to nearly 200 million bottles and jars.
Valpak shifts the focus of its operations away from Savannah House in London to a new base in Warwickshire. This decision was reached after consideration of the costs involved in renting a prime location London office, and with a view to making the company more accessible to its nationwide membership. Montague House in Stratford-upon-Avon was officially opened in April.
Valpak further extends its activities by starting up its recycle-more-glass service, collecting mixed glass for recycling free of charge from pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars.
recycle-more.co.uk is launched
John Gummer MP appointed as Valpak Chairman
Rt Hon John Gummer MP is appointed as Valpak’s Non-executive Chairman.
First year of packaging waste obligations for affected Great Britain organisations.
UK Packaging Waste Regulations came into force
The Valpak Working Representative Advisory Group was formed. From this group, the concept of the Valpak Packaging Compliance Scheme emerged. It would be a collaborative industry body through which businesses would work together to achieve the recovery and recycling of packaging waste. It would take pressure away from businesses that would find it difficult and time consuming to comply with the legislation.
The Packaging Waste Directive consultation
The UK Government consulted with industry over a 2 year period, so there was time to put forward an agreed proposal on the best way to implement the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.
European Directive on Packaging Waste introduced
The European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste was introduced in 1994. The Directive put obligations on member countries to recover and recycle 50-65% of packaging waste by 2001.
The Packaging Responsibility Group assembles
The UK Government assembled a group of industry representatives to form the Packaging Responsibility Group (PRG) to assess the impact of the forthcoming Packaging Waste Regulations.