Use of Recycled HDPE in Milk Bottles Expands in the U.K.

The Co-op invests in new eco milk bottles

11 April 2012

The Co-operative Food has become the first retailer to reduce the tint in all of its own-brand plastic coloured milk bottle tops, making it easier for them to be recycled into new bottles.

The Co-operative sells 202 million bottles of milk every year, and previously, the amount of recycled plastic that can be used to make new clear milk bottles was limited because bottle tops colour the material.

The move will mean that the retailer will potentially increase the recycled content of plastic milk bottles from 10% to 30% – helping to produce an extra 4,500 tonnes of recyclable material every year.

Iain Ferguson, environment manager for The Co-operative Food, said: “Protecting the environment is a key part of The Co-operative’s groundbreaking Ethical Plan, and we are proud to be leading the way with this initiative and that The Co-operative is the first UK retailer to complete this move on all of its own-brand milk bottles.“

Marcus Gover, director of Closed Loop Economy at WRAP, said: “We are pleased to see The Co-operative making this commitment to boost the recyclability of its own-brand milk bottles. WRAP research found that reducing the tint in milk bottle tops is a ‘quick win’ that can help achieve higher recycled content in milk bottles, thereby reducing the use of virgin plastic and ensuring more efficient use of resources, which is good news for the environment.”

Source: The Co-op


What Are 4 Ways To Reduce Greenhouse Gases And Save Energy By Recycling?

In November 2007, the EPA prepared a report “METHODOLOGY FOR ESTIMATING MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE RECYCLING BENEFITS” (found at This methodology shows the link between Waste Management, Climate Change and Energy. The report provides details on how waste management through waste prevention and recycling help us to reduce greenhouse gases and save energy by:

• Reduces methane emissions from landfills. Waste prevention and recycling (including composting) divert organic wastes from landfills, thereby reducing the methane released when these materials decompose.
• Reduces emissions from incinerators. Recycling and waste prevention allow some materials to be diverted from incinerators and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of waste.
• Reduces emissions from energy consumption. Recycling saves energy – because manufacturing goods from recycled materials typically requires less energy than producing goods from virgin materials. Waste prevention is even more effective at saving energy – because when people reuse things or when products are made with less material and/or greater durability, less energy is usually needed to extract, transport, and process raw materials and to manufacture replacement products. What’s more, when energy demand decreases, fewer fossil fuels are burned and less carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere.
• Increases storage of carbon in trees. Trees help absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in wood, in a process called carbon sequestration. Waste prevention and recycling of paper products allow more trees to remain unharvested, where they can continue to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

With this methodology in place, we can’t help but save energy, resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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