Recycling Packaging Guide

Taylor Davis has been one of the most successful UK suppliers of plastic packaging for over 45 years and with that distinction comes responsibility.

There is growing public and scientific concern about the environmental and health impacts of plastic pollution and to that end we are working closely with our suppliers to help them develop lighter weight, more ergonomic packs that both delight the customer and support the drive for sustainability.

As a German-owned business, our long term partners Jokey have been in the forefront of ‘green’ initiatives for decades now, and in 2019 delivered their own ‘Eco Concept: Grey is the new green’ initiative covering the promotion and development of non-food* packaging produced in post-consumer recycled polypropylene (“PCR”).

(*PCR is not yet food contact compliant).

Jokey’s Eco Concept:

Our recycled buckets and tubs are now produced in a minimum of 50% PCR – far in advance of the UK Government’s 30% minimum content figure to avoid their plastic packaging tax (‘PPT’).

PCR (post-consumer regrind) – polypropylene is a polymer derived from household waste (drinking cups; dessert pots; cutlery; etc) and rejected industrial materials such as stretch and heat seal film that can now be offered ex-stock in selected sizes into all non-food sectors (paints; surface coatings; chemicals; etc).

In general, Jokey’s packs are now 25% lighter weight than they were in 1991,yet the improvement in design technology means that they are in fact stronger than they’ve ever been.

Jokey are also pre-eminent in the research into and development of bio-polymers,although some ethical considerations remain with these materials regarding the growth of the feedstock.

Our plastic packaging is primarily produced in polypropylene (pp); high-density polyethylene (HDPE); and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

ALL can be successfully recycled, with PET capable of being constantly converted and re-used.

Each different plastic has a material code symbol to aid recycling, which are as follows:

Similarly, metal packaging can be recycled as infinitum as a ‘permanent material’; this includes steel as well as tinplate products.

When metal products reach the end of their useful life, the materials are simply collected and recycled, again and again, with no loss of their inherent properties.

Taylor Davis is only too aware of our responsibilities to society and to the long term health of our planet.

We will therefore continue to work with our principles for a sustainable future.

Our suppliers are also working towards finding more environmentally friendly raw materials / recycled plastics. Making stronger containers with less material, and wherever possible looking to use bio-degradable materials.