Müller looks to drive down plastic use through Biffa partnership

By Jim Cornall contact

- Last updated on GMT

Up to 40% of Müller’s rHDPE fresh milk bottles can be made from recycled material. Pic: Müller
Up to 40% of Müller’s rHDPE fresh milk bottles can be made from recycled material. Pic: Müller

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Müller UK & Ireland has secured a long-term partnership with Biffa Polymers, which allows the dairy company to meet increased demand for packaging made from recycled materials.

With demand for food grade recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHDPE) currently outstripping supply, the agreement will see Biffa continue to supply the recycled material that is used to make the dairy company’s fresh milk bottles.

Müller’s rHDPE fresh milk bottles are already 100% recyclable, and following investment by the dairy company to enable it to manufacture its own fresh milk packaging, up to 40% of the plastic can be made from recycled material.

Müller said it has already removed a further 840 tonnes of plastic per annum from its fresh milk packaging.

Brendan Power, commercial director at Müller Milk & Ingredients, said, “We are more positive about the future because we’re turning our fresh milk business into a lean, agile and customer centric operation.

“Our customers have made commitments to use an average of 30% recycled content in their plastic packaging, and consumer demand for innovative solutions continues to grow. We’re listening and aligning to their needs.

“Most of our packaging is made on site, not trucked in from elsewhere. So with this long term supply agreement, and our unique capability to pursue further inhouse innovation, we are able to offer our customers a leading plastics proposition.”

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