Nampak Plastics, a UK manufacturer of HDPE milk bottles, has announced it has achieved a key goal of ‘zero waste to landfill’ following a company-wide drive to enhance sustainability through recycling and waste management.
As part of Nampak’s focus and commitment on further reducing its environmental impact, ‘Carbon Champions’ were appointed at each of the company’s nine UK sites, with responsibility for ensuring waste recovery and recycling best practice on a day-to-day basis. In addition, Nampak has been working with waste management company, Prism, to review waste handling across the entire business.
The approach taken by Nampak is in line with Government policy to create a zero waste economy. Commenting on the achievement, Eric Collins, Managing Director, said: “Sustainability is at the very heart of our business, from our commitment to producing innovative, lightweight packaging to our understanding of how our processes impact on the environment.”
“The receipt of our zero to landfill compliance certificate demonstrates a significant step for Nampak and recognises the commitment of all employees in the company towards an environmentally sustainable business.”
As well as taking measures to reduce its own impact on the environment, Nampak states it is helping retailers and dairies to meet their growing environmental commitments with the introduction of Infini – a new, lighter weight plastic milk bottle.
Nampak stated that to the consumer, the Infini bottle has a similar look and feel to the industry standard model, but has been redesigned to allow for substantial weight savings and carbon reductions of up to 25 percent. In addition, the bottle contains up to 15 percent recycled high-density polyethylene (rHDPE).
Eric Collins added: “At Nampak, we know fit for purpose, commercially sustainable, environmental packaging is achievable and are pleased that, thanks to Infini, we have a product that can enhance the environmental credentials of the market at the same time as we are reducing our own carbon footprint.”