INEOS and LACTEL partner to produce the world’s first HDPE Milk Bottles from advanced recycling

  • INEOS and LACTEL announce a partnership on advanced recycling packaging for dairy products.
  • Advanced recycling enables conversion of waste plastic back to new, high-quality polymers, used to produce the Lactel bottles.


INEOS O&P EUROPE is making a significant investment to develop a comprehensive portfolio of circular solutions for the packaging industry. The collaboration with LACTEL is yet another major milestone in this direction.

Advanced recycling technology converts waste plastic back to its basic molecules which are then used in INEOS production sites to include recycled contents and replace traditional fossil-based raw materials.

LACTEL is the first dairy brand, in collaboration with INEOS, to explore a solution for UHT milk bottles produced with circular polyethylene, derived from post-consumer recycled material.

"This trial production of 140,000 milk bottles, based on HDPE from advanced recycling technology, is a world first and a major step forward for Lactel towards a circular economy".

“This new innovative product will be used in the Montauban production plant for an initial production run.  At Lactel we are extremely excited to bring this new environmental innovation to our iconic milk bottles”, explains Anne Charles-Pinault - Lactel France General Manager

“INEOS is very pleased to progress this partnership with Lactel. Both companies are committed to sustainability and, via advanced recycling, we are able to supply virgin quality polymer from recycled plastic that is ideal for even the most demanding food contact applications like milk. Another big step in the right direction.” – said Xavi Cros – CEO INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe/South.

After an independent certification process, initiated several months ago, Lactel’s Montauban plant has been successfully RSB* certified this April 2021. The milk bottles produced in this way are compliant with food safety regulations and are fully recyclable.

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