Plastic milk bottle manufacturer Nampak Plastics claims to have supplied the world's first four-pint milk bottle containing up to 30% recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE).
The landmark was achieved in the same week that Nampak's Infini bottle gained global recognition with a silver prize for sustainability at the WorldStar awards.
Alongside its partner, Closed Loop Recycling, Nampak has been able to increase the amount of rHDPE in the multi-award-winning Infini bottle up to 30% - a move which will save the dairy industry around 25,000 tonnes of virgin material each year.
Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics, said: “We had a desire to increase the amount of recycled HDPE in our bottles to up to 30% by 2015 – in line with the Dairy UK and Defra Milk Roadmap targets – but have been able to prove that this landmark can be reached well ahead of this schedule.
“All of our bottles, including the Infini range, currently contain up to 15% but the move to up to 30% is a major step forward for everyone involved in the British milk industry.”
Chris Dow, CEO, Closed Loop Recycling said: ““We are pleased to extend this long term relationship, which we have enjoyed over a number of years. The 30% recycled content news proves the success of the recycled milk bottle market and the dairy roadmap.”
Recent figures from Recoup show that 77% of HDPE milk bottles are recycled, making it one of the most widely recycled forms of packaging in the country.