New eco-design guidelines launched for HDPE bottles


European Plastics Recyclers (EuPR) has launched new European eco-design guidelines for HDPE bottles.

The aim of the guidelines is to develop a good quality recyclate to maximise its availability for food grade uses such as milk bottles.


Around 300,000 tonnes of HDPE bottles are being recycled annually in Europe, but this only represents 10 to 15 per cent of the HDPE waste generate in Europe. The plastic recycling organisation wants to see an increase in the collection rates, design of HDPE products and technological improvements be made by recyclers.

EuPR HDPE working group chairman Christian-Yves Crepet said: “The various actors of the HDPE value chain must now cooperate together in order to get HDPE on the path to sustainability. HDPE is a very good and easily recyclable material.”

EuPR intends to hold a workshop on HDPE recycling this summer in Brussels. Interested parties should contact for more information.