Using Recycled Content – Supply Chain Demonstration Project

Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) and Linear Low-density Polyethylene (LLDPE) Agricultural Waste Trial

We are working in collaboration with more than 20 partner organisations to deliver supply chain demonstration projects. Funded by the Welsh Government, each project will showcase how commercial and technical barriers to increasing recyclate – particularly plastic – in Welsh manufacturing can be overcome.

The aim of this particular trial is to demonstrate the use of recycled LDPE and LLDPE – derived from agricultural film, such as crop cover and silage wrap – in the manufacture of rotational moulded products. Examples of products manufactured via rotational moulding include outdoor bins and traffic management cones, which are traditionally produced using virgin high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

At present, there are very few markets for recycled agricultural film and there is a maximum value that it can achieve, which makes recycling uneconomical. However, by accessing another end market, it may mean a higher value can be realised.

The objective of this project is to demonstrate the successful incorporation of as much recycled LDPE and LLDPE film as technically possible, in a bid to encourage other rotational moulders to reduce their reliance on virgin polymer. This will drive demand for recycled agricultural film in Wales and contribute to the Welsh circular economy.

Trial partners include: Axion Recycling Ltd (lead partner); B&J Parr; Crompton Mouldings Ltd; and MDS Recycling Ltd.

Further Supply Chain Demonstration Projects

In total, WRAP Cymru has embarked upon four projects to demonstrate the environmental and economic case for the use of recycled content in manufacturing.  For information regarding the other three trials, please use the following links: