Milk bottle closed loop recycling

WRAP’s large scale HDPE recycling trial involved partners including Dairy Crest, Nampak and Marks & Spencer and was managed by NexTek. It culminated in the successful demonstration of world leading UK recycling technology that allows post-consumer milk bottles to be recycled back into food contact milk bottles.  This technology was developed in a previous WRAP project led by the Fraunhofer Institute.

The milk bottles produced using the WRAP process have a 30% recycled content and perform identically to virgin resin bottles. The rHDPE bottles have been extensively tested and have passed all EU, UK and consumer tests. WRAP has also recently received a ‘non objection’ notification for the process from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in America, further reinforcing the international significance of the technology.  M&S are currently using rHDPE bottles, with a lower recycled content, for their organic milk.

This groundbreaking project to develop recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottles, delivered by core project team of Nextek, Nampak and Dairy Crest, won a Gold award for the Best Use of an Innovative Material, as well as a Bronze award for the Best Innovation to Reduce Waste.

Download the report - Large Scale HDPE Recycling Trial (5712 kb)