The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) advises that “Polypropylene is one of the most versatile and widely recycled polymers
used today and is collected both from commercial and industrial waste streams and households via curbside collection. Once recycled, it has the
widest range of secondary markets across multiple sectors including a very large market within the Horticultural Growing sector.”
Based on these positive qualities, further development of various versatile plastics continues with our supply chain.
There are also complexities which must be considered when sourcing plastic and other materials.
Therefore we also take into account the main objectives of the UK Plastics Pact, namely:
- Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign,
innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models.
- 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
- 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted.
- 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
Biodegradable and compostable materials are also available on request – although these substrates can also be more
environmentally-harmful than recycled polypropylene. Care is advised when selecting new materials because such substrates can, according
to WRAP, “pose an existential threat to end markets for recycled plastics if they begin to flow into the mechanical recycling supply chain”.
We aim to improve the flow of knowledge throughout our stakeholders so that together we reduce the flow of pollutants and waste through
the supply chain. Therefore we recommend that consideration be given to the full life-cycle analysis and recyclability of all materials to avoid
creating further confusion, pollution or waste in the supply chain. This can include:
- Mislabelled products & misinformed statements.
- ‘Hidden’ material creation and transport costs during the product life-cycle.
- Mixed streams of paper/board laminates or compostable and recycled plastics entering
and polluting existing recycling schemes.
- Sources and composition of uncertified boards and laminates which could prove to be
more harmful to the environment (e.g. some board recycling processes require high levels
of chlorine and other chemicals, which can remain in the recycled board).
- The actual requisite conditions required for effective biodegrading/composting of materials,
compared to conditions found commonly at home.
- Variations in recycling schemes locally, nationally and internationally.
With this in mind, Ryedale Group and Hortipak continue to offer recyclable polypropylene products that fit into the same waste streams.
We also track differences and changes in policy and legislation in the UK and Europe through discussions with
Universities, Trade bodies and supply chains.
As such, Ryedale Group and Hortipak can advise when selecting materials.
We can also mark products on request so that the messaging is clear for consumers.