A plastics recycler is trialling techniques to create “traceable” material to prevent theft of bakery transit packaging.
Luxus is creating bread baskets for Allied Bakeries which will contain colour additives or surface imperfections that will help identify the containers if they are stolen.
Theft of bread baskets at various parts of the supply chain can be a major problem for bakeries, creating high costs of replacement.The baskets are desirable to thieves who sell them on or granulate them to make new products.
Luxus, which recycles Allied Bakeries’ end of life baskets, said the new containers will be made of material that can be identified, even after being turned into new products, to deter thieves and make it easier to trace stolen baskets.
Luxus sales manager James Ballantyne said: “It had become increasingly apparent that despite our efforts to reduce carbon and save cost for bakeries by re-engineering their old bread baskets to re-enter their supply chains, that the major cost to bakers still remained unchanged, replacing the baskets once they have been lost or stolen.”
Luxus said that the new material will not affect the recyclability of the containers, which will be rolled out by the end of the year.