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Milk bottle recycling levels at all-time high.

CONSETT?BASED Nampak Plastics, the UK's leading producer of plastic milk bottles, has said recycling levels of the high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic milk bottle reached an all-time high in 2013, increasing to 79%, making it one of the most recycled products in the UK.

The 2013 survey, undertaken by Recoup Recycling, estimates that 316,054 tonnes of plastic bottles were collected for recycling in 2012, and of those, 96,396 tonnes were HDPE milk bottles.

Well known for its multi-awardwinning Infini bottle, Nampak led the way in sustainable plastic packaging in 2013, developing a version of Infini that contains up to 30% recycled HDPE - double that of any other bottle on the market.

Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics, said: "We are thrilled with the continued progress being shown in the sector.

"It is something we feel is incredibly important. "At Nampak we strive to ensure not only our bottles, but also our manufacturing processes, are providing the most sustainable solution possible.

"As such, these results are very encouraging and we hope to see even further improvement this year."

Steve Morgan, technical manager at Recoup Recycling, said: "Nampak is a valued member of Recoup, working towards challenging plastic packaging recycling targets in the UK. Recoup celebrates the continued and increasing success of milk bottle recycling in the UK, however, there is more that can be done.

"Later this year the aim is to further increase collection levels of all plastic bottles as part of a national plastic recycling communications initiative Recoup are leading on.

"We're looking forward to continuing to work with Nampak to improve plastics recycling in the UK".
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 3, 2014
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