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Food grade HDPE recycling process: commercial feasibility study

This project [2006] was initiated with the support of WRAP's Packaging Innovation Research program to develop innovative packaging that could reduce household packaging waste originating from the retail sector.


The technology developed by WRAP for the recycling HDPE milk bottles from kerbside and bring scheme collections in the United Kingdom contained the following key steps:

Sorting of natural HDPE milk bottles to a purity greater than 96%; Grinding and hot washing of the bottles by a conventional plastic bottle recycling process;  Super-clean decontamination by the EREMA process using high temperatures and vacuum.

This project has been initiated to assess the full commercial feasibility of a recycling plant based on the technology developed by WRAP in 2004/2005.