The company produces approximately two billion milk bottles every year, meaning that approximately 7,000 tonnes of virgin material will be saved annually as a direct result of this achievement.
Nampak believes this move is a clear demonstration of the leadership it has taken in the adoption of rHDPE and is excellent news for the whole of the dairy industry in the UK, which is committed to including recycled content in its milk packaging as part of the government’s ‘Milk Roadmap’.
Nampak’s customers – such as Arla Foods, Dairy Crest, Robert Wiseman, Yeo Valley and Grahams – will use these recycled content milk bottles for the supermarket shelves now.
In order to reach this milestone, Nampak has invested more than £1.5m across its seven sites in the UK.
Nampak Plastics MD, Eric Collins, said: “It’s a real team effort by everyone at Nampak, along with our customers and other key stakeholders, to have reached this goal. Just four years ago ‘bottle to bottle’ recycling was unheard of in the UK dairy industry, now we’re adding up to 10% recycled content to all our bottles after extensive testing to ensure compliance with the extremely stringent food quality standards you would expect for this type of packaging.”
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