FANTASTIC LIGHTWEIGHT PLASTIC
Arla’s Aylesbury dairy is leading the industry's green campaign with the introduction of 40 per cent recycled material eco-bottles.
This major breakthrough at the world's biggest fresh milk dairy has been achieved with in-house packaging partner, Alpla. Since the start of May millions of the new ultra light milk bottles have been filled in sizes from 250ml to six pints – and they are set to become even greener.
Cravendale will be next to go up to 40 per cent, after the completion of product stability trials, and sights will then be set on 50 per cent, depending on the success of trials with major recycling producers, such as Biffa and Veolia.
"It's all about polymer strands cross-linking to give a stable material and a physically robust bottle," said Richard Hemming at Aylesbury dairy. "When the material is available we will commence trials, with Arla's support. At the start of the present decade, 10 per cent recycled bottle content had been achieved, but now the 50 per cent target is in sight."