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Nampak develops milk bottle with 30% rHDPE

UK-based major plastic milk bottle manufacturer Nampak Plastics is said to achieved a new mark after it trialed, tested and now supplied a four-pint milk bottle with up to 30% recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE).

It is claimed to be the world’s first such bottle with higher rHDPE.

According to the company, the new variant, which is a part of the Infini range, will save nearly 25,000t of new material annually for the dairy industry.

Nampak has partnered with Closed Loop Recycling to increase the amount of rHDPE in the Infini bottle.

Nampak Plastics managing director Eric Collins said Infini has been responsible for a transformation in milk packaging, using considerably less new material and increasing quantities of recycled plastic since it was launched in 2012.

"We had a desire to increase the amount of recycled HDPE in Nampak’s 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," Collins added.