In 2019, Polyco conducted research into the recycling rate of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) milk and beverage bottles, with a finding that more than 75% of these milk and beverage bottles were recycled, injecting a significant amount of material back into the market to be used as a raw material for new products. The research shows that HDPE milk bottles are designed perfectly for recyclability and have a high market value to be used for recyclate. This proves that driving the right design for recyclability is a key focus area to further grow the recycling economy.
Excellent recycling rates
Polypropylene (PP) Tub Research
In 2020, Polyco initiated research to understand the current re-use/repurpose and recycling rates of used Polypropylene (PP) packaging tubs in South Africa, specifically yoghurt, ice-cream and butter/margarine tubs. The intention of this research was to understand whether this packaging is being re-used (repurposed) , recycled or discarded and what design elements industry can change or implement in order to make the packaging more likely to be re-used/repurposed by consumers.