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Meadow Foods joins RPM (Responsible Plastic Management)

Feb 2021

Meadow Foods joins RPM (Responsible Plastic Management)

August 2020

Meadow Foods, leading supplier of value-added ingredients and dairy products to the food industry, has recently joined the RPM (Responsible Plastic Management) Programme as part of an ongoing pledge to operate sustainably.

RPM is a voluntary global plastic management assurance program, who work across multiple sectors with a mission to reduce plastic waste and pollution. Meadow Foods joins the scheme and offers its full support, proud to be working towards a better future.

Following its RPM engagement, we are working to identify how it can reduce plastic waste further in the business and reducing our use of non-recyclable plastic. Waste is currently used for energy, with none going to landfill andwe are also introducing training in responsible waste management. Changes are expected to come into effect as soon as next year, with a focus on transitioning from plastic to cardboard where possible.

It is currently estimated that around 5 million tonnes of plastic is used in the UK every year, with half of that being packaging. As such, we recognise the importance of playing its part in the proper management of plastic waste, and recycling where possible.

The company has already actioned a number of sustainable initiatives such as a returnable packaging scheme and the intention is to focus more on environmentally friendly processes over the next year. A key feature of Meadow Foods’ new plant-based yogurt pots is that they will be completely made from 100% recycled PET with recyclable lids, seals and labels.

Alun Lewis, Group Environmental & Sustainability Coordinator at Meadow Foods comments: “We are pleased to be working with RPM to make changes within our business, that’ll result in a better future for all. We’ve already begun implementing more sustainable procedures and will continue this into next year and beyond with the help of the Responsible Plastic Management Program.”

Dave Garforth, Program Director at Responsible Plastic Management Program adds: “It’s great to have Meadow Foods on board with our initiative, and we are proud of them for already taking the steps to make more environmentally friendly choices with their plastic usage and disposal. Marine litter harms over 600 marine species, and we are doing all we can to bring plastic out of our oceans and see it better recycled on land.”