WRAP invites tenders to make it easier to recycle plastic milk bottles

18th August 2008

Research and development work into boosting the recyclability of plastic milk bottles is to be launched by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme).

It is inviting tenders to develop a cost-effective label, ink and adhesive system for use on HDPE milk bottles that will not contaminate the plastic during recycling, with the aim of encouraging its greater use in new bottle manufacture.

WRAP’s target is for 50% of the milk industry’s capacity to commit to implementing the new system by 2011.

The work will include:

  • Assessing the challenges in bottle, ink, adhesive and label design and identifying potential solutions
  • Developing a viable system that does not taint the recycled polymer during the recycling process
  • Evaluating the system’s economic and environmental viability
  • Large-scale trials of a developed solution

Paul Davidson, Plastics Sector Manager, comments: “A successful system will not only improve the quality of the recycled polymer, but it will enable new milk bottles to be manufactured with a higher recycled content in closed loop recycling systems.

“Increasing the use of recycled content will deliver CO2 savings through greater substitution of virgin polymer in the manufacture of new bottles, as well as conserve valuable resources and divert waste from landfill.”

A full Tender Invitation Document and application form can be obtained from the WRAP website (www.wrap.org.uk). The closing date for tender submissions is Friday September 12th.

  • WRAP helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.
  • Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Working in seven key areas (Construction, Retail, Manufacturing, Organics, Business Growth, Behavioural Change, and Local Authority Support), WRAP’s work focuses on market development and support to drive forward recycling and materials resource efficiency within these sectors, as well as wider communications and awareness activities including the multi-media national Recycle Now campaign for England.
  • More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on www.wrap.org.uk