Nampak Plastics wins Waste Minimisation Award

16 July 2013 (Last Updated July 16th, 2013 18:30)

Nampak Plastics has won the Waste Minimisation Award at the National Recycling Awards for its new Infini bottle.

Nampak's Infini bottle

Nampak Plastics has won the Waste Minimisation Award at the National Recycling Awards for its new Infini bottle.

The plastic milk bottle producer's Infini bottle contains up to 15% recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHDPE). Depending on size, it reduces the weight of the standard milk bottle by 25%.

Nampak Plastics managing director Eric Collins said that the company's main focus is on sustainability.

"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," he added.

The award's judges said: "For mainstream waste prevention and technical achievement, Nampak and its Infini bottle are great."

The UK company has achieved two global firsts with its Infini bottle this year.

Recently Nampak trialled, tested and supplied the first four-pint milk bottle containing up to 30% rHDPE.

Prior to this, the company created a four-pint 32g Infini bottle, which represented a 20% material saving on the standard four-pint version.

Overall, Nampak's contribution is expected to result in savings of 35,000t of material for the industry each year.

The awards recognise excellence in all parts of the waste and manufacturing industries.


Image: Nampak's 32g Infini bottle. Photo: courtesy of Nampak Plastics.