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Berry Superfos’ paint containers win PIA award

Paint containers manufactured by Berry Superfos using recycled plastic collected as part of a closed loop system have been named Best Recycled Plastic Product in the Plastics Industry Awards 2022. × Berrysuperfos PIA win This is the second award for the containers, which in September also won the RECOUP Award for Best Development or Innovation to Enhance Recyclability or Re-use.

Berry’s Closed Loop Recycled Paint Containers are being produced as the result of a circular partnership that enables used paint containers to be collected and recycled by ensuring that enough of the residue paint in the containers is removed.

The waste paint is collected and re-engineered into new paint by paint recycling and recovery social enterprise organisation Paint360. The containers are then reprocessed into recycled pellets by Berry Circular Polymers. According to the company, the new circular plastic performs as well as current PCR material to provide an additional source of feedstock to meet the demand for recycled plastic pack solutions. 

The company believes the entire closed loop project delivers significant environmental benefits. It reduces the overall impact of both the paint and its packaging through the reduction of waste product sent to landfill and the carbon emissions associated with incineration.  The Paint360 project, is already saving more than 70 tonnes of embedded carbon per month, the company claims.

Now in their 21st year, the Plastic Industry Awards recognise and reward innovation and exceptional performance in the UK plastics industry.

Søren Rohleder, CEO Berry Superfos said: “This is another important accolade for our pioneering project.” 

He added: “Closed loop systems can play a vital role in the further development of the circular economy. For the paint industry, they help manufacturers both meet consumer demands for more sustainable solutions and satisfy legislative requirements such as EPR. We will continue to work with our customers in all sectors in the further devising and development of circular packaging solutions.”

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Publication date: 12/12/2022

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