Dairy UK calls for recycling revolution

By Ben Bouckley

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Dairy UK calls for recycling revolution
Trade body Dairy UK has urged plastic suppliers to undertake a ‘recycling revolution’ by supplying dairy producers with more recycled plastic, as it unveiled a new industry target of a using a minimum of 30% recycled plastic in milk bottles.

Yesterday, farming minister Jim Paice presented a ‘Dairy Roadmap’ (showing dairy processors’ progress towards environmental targets since 2008) including a minimum 10% recycled plastic use in milk bottles, and energy and CO2 targets.

However, Dairy UK director general Jim Begg said increased supplies of recycled plastic (rHDPE or recycled high density polyethylene) to the industry was essential if it was to meet future sustainability targets.

Begg said: “As the industry’s environmental performance continues to improve, recycled plastic becomes an ever scarcer resource. Just as we are upping our game, we need the recycling industry to up theirs and provide us with the materials that will enable us to achieve our ambitious next set of targets.

“We need more and more recycled plastic and what we need to see is a recycling revolution with a major expansion of the operations of existing recycling companies and the creation of new firms which will deliver the materials we will need.”

Dairy UK statistics show that in 2010, over 70% of milk bottles purchased in the UK were recovered for recycling and more than 12,000 tonnes of plastic was recycled into fresh bottles, reduce packaging emissions in the sector by 27,000t in 2010 alone.

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