Environmental key issues

Nampak Plastics identifies key areas to improve our recycling initiatives

Recycled content HPDE containers

Nampak maintains its edge on leading the HDPE packaging market through the inclusion of recycled HDPE into its own HDPE plastic containers.

Known as rHDPE, the first bottles with 10% rHDPE were available in 2007 in Marks & Spencer's organic milk range. Market trials have also been successfully conducted with up to 30% recycled content and, as more material becomes available, the percentage of rHDPE in milk bottles is set to rise.

The use of closed-loop recycling—where waste HDPE bottles are collected and reprocessed to enable them to be used again for HDPE bottles—is widely acknowledged to be one of the most effective forms of recycling.

The first sites to reprocess food grade HDPE opened in 2008 and during 2009 plastic milk bottles with up to 10% recycled material were made available on the shelves. The dairy industry has committed to increasing the levels of recycled HDPE in milk bottles of up to 30% by 2015. Read all about their plans in the 'Dairy Roadmap'.

For more information on recycled HDPE visit Bottle2Bottle.

Packaging weight
Nampak is committed to positively reacting to the emphasis on packaging weight. With this in mind we currently produce the lightest weight HDPE milk bottles in the UK market.

Nampak will continue to work to further reduce the weight of packaging without compromising the durability of the current bottle, which enabled the delivery chain to avoid the secondary packaging required for a less sturdy container.

Packaging in Perspective
The Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment (Incpen) has published a Packaging in Perspective document which discusses facts relating to packaging recovery and recycling. It aims to provide the public and others with an outline of what the UK has already achieved and what further improvements are taking place.