The New PCR Range 

Our new PCR range combines the environmental benefits of recycled polymer with the practical advantages of plastic. The PCR manufacturing process involves grinding down plastic waste into pellets which can then be re-manufactured, turning waste into a useful resource. All of our PCR products are made from 30% or more recycled plastic, which also means they are exempt from plastic packaging tax.

 

PCR Buckets

Sustainable

Our PCR buckets provide all of the benefits of a traditional plastic bucket in a more sustainable way.

They are made from 70% recycled plastic, which is a much higher ratio than the industry standard. The optimised PCR to Virgin polymer mix ensures the buckets maintain their structural integrity and industrial performance, whilst using less virgin plastic.

Core Range

They are available in a range of popular sizes; 3 litres, 5 litres, 11 litres and 16 litres. Lids are available separately in a range of complimentary colours. The buckets are also fully recyclable after use. 

European Manufacturer

Our buckets are made in Europe and shipped via road, boat and rail, for a reduced carbon footprint.

The New Standard

The dark grey finish is a by-product of the recycled nature of PCR polymer, and is likely to become the global standard as the use of PCR becomes more widespread.

 

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A Food Grade PCR Solution - Coex Jerry Cans and Bottles

Food Grade

Food Grade packaging must meet stringent health and safety standards, which is why most standard recycled products are not approved for Food and Beverage use. 

The recycled pellets used to make PCR products come from multiple sources, making it difficult to trace the polymer back to its original use. The risk of cross-contamination between harmful substances and polymers destined for food and beverage packaging means that Food Grade recycled packaging is rare.  

Our Coex products take a fresh approach to recycled packaging, using multilayer technology to bring the benefits of PCR to the food industry.

Multilayer Technology

The co-extruded manufacturing process allows the bottle to be constructed using three layers; a central core of recycled plastic is sandwiched between inner and outer layers of virgin plastic, which means that the layer in direct contact with the contents is guaranteed to be food grade.

Quality and Consistency 

Coextruded products also offer a more consistent finish colour than standard PCR as the outer layer is also made from virgin plastic. 

British Manufacturer

Our PCR bottles and Jerry Cans are made in the UK reducing the transport carbon footprint to a minimum.

Sustainable

Coex bottles are a great eco-friendly packaging solution for all goods, including food and beverages.

 


Why use PCR packaging? 

Closing the loop on plastic packaging 

Remanufacturing products using recycled plastic is more sustainable, because it feeds plastic back into the system, helping us move towards a more circular economy.  

 

Maximum use from Finite Resources

Plastics are made from petroleum. Recycling and remanufacturing multiple times enables us to fully utilise this resource. It makes sense ecologically and economically to use the planet's raw materials for as long as possible. 

 

Less Waste

All of our PCR products are recyclable so they can be fed back into the system, reducing landfill waste.

 

Lower carbon footprint

The carbon footprint of a PCR product is typically 60% lower than virgin plastic. This is because PCR uses less energy than extracting raw materials, even when the collection, recycling and remanufacturing processes are factored in.

 

Plastic packaging tax (PPT)  

The UK's plastic packaging tax is part of a wider global trend toward environmental taxes. The EU recently introduced the Plastic Pollution Act EPR levy and in 2018 China banned plastic waste imports. Recycled packaging helps to address the issue of plastic waste so it is exempt from PPT charges.

 

Sustainability Matters 

Sustainability is on the radar of consumers and businesses so choosing products that deliver in a more sustainable way makes market sense as well as environmental sense. 

 

 


PCR FAQs

What is PCR?

PCR refers to anything made using recycled plastic. The ratio between recycled and virgin plastic will vary according to how the product is made and what it will be used for. PCR is typically made from 30%, 50% or 70% recycled polymer.

What do the letters PCR stand for?

PCR can stand for;

Post Consumer Recyclate,

Post Consumer Resin,

Post Consumer Recycled,

Post Consumer Regrind,

They all refer to products that are made from recycled plastic.

We are they not 100% Recycled?

Some PCR products are 100% recycled, however including some virgin plastic in the mix ensures the packaging has the structural strength necessary to meet industrial packaging standards, whilst also using less raw resources.

Why is most PCR not food grade?

Strict food safety regulations need traceability due to the possibility of cross-contamination between harmful substances and polymers destined for food and beverage packaging. The nature of recycled plastic means that pellets come from multiple sources so it is difficult to trace them back to the source. Our PCR Coex bottles have a virgin plastic internal layer to solve this issue.   

Why is recycled plastic grey?

Recycled plastic is naturally grey in colour because it comes from multiple sources.  

What plastic is PCR made from?

PCR refers to any plastic that has been reground for remanufacture. Our PCR range includes Polypropylene (PP) and HDPE products. 


Our PCR range includes Buckets, Bottles and Jerry Cans