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Milk Roadmap goals could be hit significantly early

Nampaks aims to use 30% recycled content in plastic milk bottles could be achieved earlier than expected following the sealing of a recycled HDPE (rHDPE) supply deal.

Under the contract, AWS Eco Plastics will supply Nampak with 12,000 tonnes of rHDPE, which will enable Nampak to use up to 30% recycled plastic content in its milk bottles by 2010.

Nampak business development director James Crick said the rHDPE provided by AWS will enable the company to meet the Governments Milk Roadmap medium range target for recycled content significantly ahead of time. 

The positive climate surrounding milk bottle recycling will be strengthened by this partnership, which will also build the green credentials of a product that is a firm consumer favourite, Crick said.

AWS chief executive Jonathan Short said: This is a major breakthrough for AWS and for the whole recycling industry. It follows months of negotiation with Nampak. Until very recently, no one in the UK has been able to produce recycled plastic in any sizable quantity which was clean enough and odour-free to be turned into food or drink packaging.

AWS was able to supply adequate tonnages of rHDPE because of its recent Hemswell facility expansion, in Lincolnshire, that saw capacity grow from 25,000 to 100,000 a year.

Nampak also has existing contracts with rHDPE suppliers Closed Loop London and Greenstar (WES).

Image: Nampak business development director James Crick

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