Using Recycled Content – Supply Chain Project

Polypropylene (PP) Trial for the Medical Sector and Houseware Product Sector

The objective of this project was to demonstrate the successful incorporation of  recycled content for the manufacture of an indoor food waste / compost caddy; an inner safety shield supplied as part of a medical sharps container; and a medical sharps container using alternative processes, such as in-mould labelling, to overcome material limitations with respect to colour, surface finish and visual contamination.

It is hoped that this will provide a stimulus for alternative thinking in product design, which will ultimately drive demand for recycled PP and strengthen the circular economy in Wales and beyond.

All target products are manufactured from a PP material, each with a different specification in terms of physical characteristics and mechanical performance.

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Trial partners include: Technia Business Solutions Ltd (lead partner); Addis Housewares Ltd; Frontier Plastics Ltd, now part of the wider Vernacare Group; and Synergy Plastics Ltd.  We are also working with other organisations, such as Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre and Swansea University’s College of Engineering.