Sustainable Opportunities: What is it packaged in?

Cardboard: over 80% is sourced from 100% recycled material
Wood: no use of virgin wood, all pallets are ‘second use’
Plastic: up to 10% recycled content

Approximately 550 tonnes of packaging recovered and 520 tonnes of packaging recycled

Packaging brought to market each year

MK Electric, Ackermann, Friedland and Superswitch, collectively put approximately 1500 tonnes of packaging materials onto the market each year. This includes cardboard used in boxes and cartons, wood used in pallets and plastic used in individual product bags.

MK Electric is subject to and complies with the producer Responsibility (packaging Waste) Regulations and the packaging Essential Requirements Regulations. As such, 67% of cardboard packaging is recovered at the end of its life and 92% of that is recycled. MK Electric is working to further reduce packaging and increase recycling.

MK Packaging Policy

  • Eliminate excessive or unnecessary packaging of its products.
  • Maximise the recycled content of packing materials.
  • Design packaging to aid recycling.
  • Utilise reusable packaging where possible.
  • Eliminate the use of ink with a heavy metal content.
  • Minimise the use of solvent based adhesives.
  • Avoid false or ambiguous environmental claims on packaging.
  • Follow the principle of the Government’s green claims code.
  • Provide packaging disposal information to the consumer.
  • Identify packaging materials through the use of appropriate identification symbols.
  • Identify plastics with the use of the SPI identification symbol.
  • Obtain pallets from suppliers whose wood is obtained from sustainable source.
  • Reuse repaired pallets and provide broken pallets for recycling.
  • Consider plant health requirements when importing / exporting wood packaging.