RECOUP Highlight How Supply Chain Collaboration can Solve Recyclability Challenges

Plastics Recycling charity, RECOUP, highlights one aspect of the plastics value chain which is often forgotten: The product manufacturer which uses the packaging is a critical link in the supply chain.

RECOUP launched a new Recyclability by Design Case Study: Bacon & Meat Packaging, conducted between pack manufacturer, packer-filler, and retailer to improve the recyclability of meat packaging.   The work highlights the work Pilgrim’s UK carried out with the guidance and direction of the Co-op and assistance from packaging supplier Klockner Pentaplast. The study demonstrates the improvement of meat packaging recyclability by changing to a Mono rPET base film without a PE sealing layer as a packaging solution.

Paul East, Head of Packaging, Recycling, and Design at RECOUP, commented, “This work highlights the knowledge and hard work which exists behind the scenes and also helps others along the same path and how with a little collaboration across the value chain, much can be achieved for the benefit of all.”

RECOUP has been guiding its members for over 30 years on how the basic pack design principles can be incorporated to ensure that packs, when placed for recycling, can be sorted, captured, and reprocessed to promote a circular economy.

It is envisaged that this issue will be keenly debated at the RECOUP Conference on Thursday, 29th September.   Registrations can be made both for the Conference and pre-conference dinner at  

Read more news from RECOUP here.

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