A TORFAEN-BASED plastics recycling firm is doing its bit to help hospitals through the coronavirus pandemic.

Capital Valley Plastics based in Cwmavon, is working with the British Plastics Federation and the UK Government to supply hospitals and the health care sector with polythene sheeting.

The business supplied two tonnes of polythene sheeting to aid in the construction of a temporary field hospital in Devon within 24 hours of an urgent request by project leaders Rawle Gammon and Baker Building Supplies.

A further nine tonnes were sent to the hospital site over the following days.

Capital Valley Plastics has also supplied 66 tonnes of polythene to several Covid-19 projects around London through one of their distributors at Grangewood Plastics.

Managing director at Capital Valley Plastics, Roger Phillips, delivered a donation of polythene handy packs to Neville Hall hospital, Abergavenny. These will be used to protect vital medical equipment, create screened areas and to wrap up all contaminated PPE prior to its disposal.

“Here at Capital Valley Plastics we continue to operate safely and within government guidance," he said. "We are proud of our contributions and keen to do everything we can to help any Covid-19 projects in any way possible.”

"The staff are using the polythene to make trolley covers and have screened an area between two theatres," said Dr Brooks from Nevill Hall Hospital. "To see the supplies being used for the safety of patients is excellent."

Cllr Joanne Gauden, Torfaen Council's executive member for economy, skills and regeneration, said “I am delighted to learn that local manufacturer, Capital Valley Plastics here in Torfaen are contributing to the efforts to combat the Covid-19 virus and supplying hospitals with materials to help safeguard both patients and health care workers at this critical time.

"I would like to thank Roger and his team them for all their efforts.”