Why is recycling of single-use trays so important?15 January 2020
Normpack trays are 100% recyclable. This allows producers to re-use used trays in the production of new Normpack trays. This is already happening on a large scale. Recycling is not only very important for sustainability, but it is also cheaper!
A Normpack tray consists of, on average, 90% recycled material. Producers also use around 10% new material for the colour for example or because there is not enough recycled material available. Recycling is therefore very important for the production of Normpack.
Recycling is more sustainable
In the interests of social responsibility it is important to use as much recycled material as possible for new trays. This is in line with the pursuit of circularity. Royal FloraHolland is a participant in the Plastic Pact through which we, along with 85 pioneers, focus on more circularity with one-off plastic.
Recycling is cheaper
But there is another good reason to do this: recycled Normpack material is cheaper than new plastic! If enough recycled material is available, manufacturers will definitely go for it. In this way, more recycling really contributes to a more sustainable world.
A minimum of 70% recycling by 2025
Research by Royal FloraHolland shows that in the Netherlands and Germany no less than 50% of used trays are recycled into new trays. This takes place as part of business-to-business flow. One-off plant trays that end up with consumers are not being recycled. We have even bigger ambitions! Within the framework of the Plastic Pact, Royal FloraHolland has committed to a recycling percentage of at least 70% by 2025.
What is the life cycle of a single-use Normpack plant tray? From which raw materials is the tray made? And how far along are we with its recycling?
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