Back in 1961 Maurice Parry and Jack Evans went around to local farms in Wales and began recycling farmer's hessian sacks. Today, Parry & Evans provides over 120,000 bales annually of premium-recovered fiber across the globe. Various grades of board, OCC, paper and newsprint become the next generation of paperboard packaging to protect goods, making yet another trip or more around the world.
"Can you imagine that Parry & Evans bales shipped to China could return to the UK as the packaging board for mobile phones, and then be reprocessed by us, and sent on the journey again to Asia?" comments Steve Evans, the 2nd generation of Evans' in this business.
In fact, Steve Evans and his sons play a critical role in waste management in Wales, operating more than 30 vehicles with more than 200 skips deployed across the UK. Grades of materials recycled range from a variable mix of cardboard, office waste, newspaper and brochures, white grade one paper and plastic bottles.
Grades designed to match needs
The core of their operations is sorting and grading of waste paper, processing it and baling and storing on site, ready for transport to paper mills across the world. The company has sophisticated specialized processing machinery for preparing materials for their return into useful materials. Custom equipped hook-lift vehicles exchange full paper and cardboard banks from a wide range of locations such as supermarket car parks, village community halls and local authority and commercial premises and hospitals.
"Our new Kadant PAAL Konti baler was a major investment, but essential to our commitment to being a provider of top quality materials. Our customers pay a premium for recovered fiber, which must remain in tact for long journeys and then perform well on advanced paper machines," says Lee Evans.
Adds Lee Evans, who is also on the board of the UK Recycling Association, "Chinese customers have raised their expectations for quality, and we are meeting and exceeding what they demand. With half of the UK's recovered paper going to China, this is important for fellow suppliers and us. Every bale we ship matters."
Collection across Wales & beyond
Parry & Evans skips can be spotted in major council, community and supermarket car parks for the disposal of cardboard and paper. Where a larger skip is required, Parry & Evans provides an ‘open bin' which is loaded from the top by forklift or similar loader or a ‘closed bin' that is loaded through a rear lockable access door.
So whatever the type, quantity, form or location of fiber-based material, the company is equipped to collect and reprocess it for re-use again.
Parry & Evans works closely with the local authorities and with the help of local communities, the company is working to reduce the amount of waste that is land filled and reclaim as much as possible, to the benefit of the environment and the local economy.
Says Steve Evans, "We collect various grades of materials to be recycled - cardboard, newspapers, magazines, brochures, office waste, printer waste, white off-cuts and surplus. We can either collect in bulk, or customers can deliver to us on-site. Everything is sorted and graded at our specialist facilities, making sure everything goes where it should."