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Article by Nampak 22 August 2013

Nampak Plastics triumphs at National Recycling Awards

Our Milton Keynes-based division, Nampak Plastics, has scooped a major accolade at the National Recycling Awards.

Judges for the awards, which recognise excellence in all parts of the waste and manufacturing industries, identified Nampak as the winner of the Waste Minimisation Award.

Celebrating the very best in the industry, comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan presented Nampak with the award which recognises organisations that have embraced the waste hierarchy above recycling, and have minimised the amount of waste created by them.

Commenting on the award, Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics, said:
“We’re delighted Nampak has been recognised for this award.

“At Nampak Plastics we see sustainability at the very heart of our business, from our commitment to producing innovative, lightweight packaging solutions, to the understanding of how our processes impact on the environment.

“Nampak has undertaken a four-year journey to reduce the weight and carbon footprint of the standard milk bottle and establish a company-wide drive to enhance sustainability through recycling and waste management.”

The judges at the awards said: “For mainstream waste prevention and technical achievement, Nampak and its Infini bottle are great.

“The company has set a whole new benchmark – up to 25% less material is huge in the context of plastic recycling. We are putting this up as the best. It has a huge impact even though it seems a small one.”

Nampak’s famous Infini bottle contains up to 15% recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHDPE, [Status]) and reduces the weight of the standard milk bottle by 25% (depending on size, [Status]).

In 2013, Nampak has achieved two global firsts with Infini. The company recently trialled, tested and supplied the first four-pint milk bottle containing up to 30% rHDPE. This breakthrough came just weeks after Nampak created a four-pint Infini bottle weighing in at just 32g, representing a 20% material saving on the standard four-pint version found in most supermarkets today.

These factors combined could mean savings of 35,000 tonnes of material each year for the industry.
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