Posted on: Tuesday 21 April 2020
Cwmavon based Capital Valley Plastics are now playing a vital role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded in 1987, Capital Valley Plastics employ over 100 people and when not responding to the pandemic, normally recycles around 9,000 tons of reclaimed scrap plastics and manufactures over 10,000 tonnes of finished goods for the construction industry every year.
During the pandemic, Capital Valley Plastics have donated a significant amount polythene handy packs to Nevill Hall hospital, which will now be used to protect vital medical equipment, create screened areas and wrap up all contaminated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prior to disposal.
Archie Cameron, Lead Anaesthetic Practitioner and anaesthetist David Brooks, both work in the Intensive Treatment Unit at Neville Hall hospital. Archie said: "The team are using the polythene to make trolley covers and have screened an area between two operating theatres, so they are over the moon. I can't thank Capital Valley Plastics enough, and to see the polythene being used for the safety of patients a is excellent".
In addition, Capital Valley Plastics reacted to an urgent request from one of their Exeter clients, Rawle Gammon and Baker Building Supplies to aid in the construction of a temporary COVID-19 hospital in Devon. Within 24 hours, 2 tonnes of polythene sheeting were despatched, followed by a further 9 tonnes over the following days. They have also supplied 66 tonnes of polythene to several COVID-19 projects in London.
Roger Phillips, Managing Director at Capital Valley, said: “I would personally like to thank Cllr Alan Jones for his advice at the start of this pandemic period and thank the Torfaen Economy & Enterprise Team who have provided us with a range of business support. We continue to operate safely and within the government guidance and are keen to do everything we can to help any COVID-19 projects in any way possible".
Torfaen Council Leader, Cllr Anthony Hunt, said: “Capital Valley Plastics are a great local company who have a reputation for making first class products and for using recycled materials to make what they do sustainable and environmentally friendly. They are also good local people with a keen community spirit, and that is showing through in them stepping up to help provide our NHS with materials at a time of great need.
It’s fantastic to see Torfaen companies leading the way in what they do, and even better to see them doing that in a way that shows their corporate responsibility and community spirit at a difficult time. Well done Capital Valley Plastics".