Plastic recycling news from the world of waste in August
It’s time for the next instalment of our news round-up blog series, bringing you the latest interesting developments from the plastic waste and recycling industry.
With homecare and food brands alike launching new initiatives to increase the amount of recycled plastic in their packaging to plans for the UK’s first ever plastic park underway, there’s a lot to catch up on in the world of waste! Find out more below…
Multinational consumer goods company, Unilever, has rebranded its Domestos bleach range to feature 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. The updated packaging for the 1750 ml bottles will save 1,505 tonnes of virgin plastic per year.
With shoppers becoming more environmentally conscious, the homecare brand will be communicating the move with new front-of-pack labelling and all the bottles include both an On-Pack Recycling Label (ORPL) and ‘Cap On Recycle’ logo to encourage recycling.
In a bid to save 113 tonnes of plastic annually, KP Snacks has announced a packaging reduction for its premium crisp brand, Tyrells.
With KP Snacks supporting the ongoing development of recycling infrastructure throughout the UK, the new packaging will allow for a 25% decrease in plastic across the range.
Plans for the UK’s first ever plastic park have now been approved. The £165m development will be installed at Protos, near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.
The innovative processing hub will also be home to a hydrogen refuelling station – which will also create 147 new jobs in the local area. It is hoped that the park will help to underpin the circular economy in the North West.
The first in the hospitality industry to use cPET for the bases of their takeout packaging, Wagamama is set to remove 330 tonnes of virgin plastic from its supply chain every year.
The restaurant’s most popular dish, the katsu curry, will be the first takeout item to contain the new packaging, which is 62% less carbon intensive.
The new initiative has been put in place to ensure that the company is taking ownership of its waste, in a bid to combat the plastic pollution crisis – one dish at a time.