Lindum Packaging has launched a new range of pallet wrap made with 30% recycled content ahead of the introduction of the Plastics Tax next year.
The company, which is the UK’s leading expert on pallet wrapping and stability, says the product has been developed to add more sustainable options to its existing range, as well as help companies avoid paying the new tax.
From April 2022 UK businesses will be taxed £200 for every tonne of plastic they use that does not contain the minimum recycled material and pallet wrap is subject to the tax.
Lindum’s new range incorporates nano technology, allowing a more environmentally friendly product to be produced with the added benefits of nano stretch film. The range includes a stretch film option for pallet wrapping by hand, as well as packaging tape for machine and manual carton sealing, plus pallet hood covers.
Lindum’s in-house packaging technologist Rick Sellars said: “The Plastics Tax is getting ever closer and these new products will help our customers remove or limit the liabilities of the tax within their packaging operations.
Unlike 100% virgin polymer films, the new range contains polythene resin material that has been recycled and then re-granulated. They meet the stringent OPRL definition of ‘recycled’ and are compatible with a circular economy model.
Mr Sellars added: “As the new tax gets closer, we expect to see a huge surge in demand for recycled content wrap so we are advising customers to take the necessary steps to switch to recycled content or minimise use of pallet wrap to reduce their liability.
“This new range will not be suitable for all our customers and we are working across the supply chain to find ways in which businesses can reduce the amount of virgin wrap they use. We recently launched a specially designed Mobile Pallet Stability Test Lab. By analysing the way each customer uses plastic stretch wrap the lab can significantly reduce over-packaging, improve performance and reduce liability for the new tax.”