Nampak Plastics said it had achieved its key goal of sending no waste to landfill sites, after a company-wide drive to increase sustainability and recycling.
The UK manufacturer of HDPE milk bottles said that in 2009 it had sent approximately 10% of all its waste, around 120 tonnes, to landfill and recycled and recovered more than 1,000 tonnes.
In the first seven months of 2012 it said it recycled 538 tonnes, recovered 8.5 tonnes and reduced the amount sent to landfill by more than 100 tonnes.
And from 1 September 2012 Nampak said it had achieved 100% recycling and recovery of all waste produced, as certified by the Prismm Group, a waste management company it has been working with to review waste handling across its business.
Nampak said what it called ‘Carbon Champions' had been appointed at each of the company's nine UK sites, which include three standalone manufacturing operations, each with responsibility for ensuring waste recovery and recycling best practice on a day-to-day basis.
Eric Collins, Nampak's managing director, said: “Sustainability is at the very heart of our business, from our commitment to producing innovative, lightweight packaging to our understanding of how our processes impact on the environment.”
“The receipt of our 'Zero to Landfill' compliance certificate demonstrates a significant step for our business and recognises the commitment of all employees in the company towards an environmentally sustainable business.”