• Amcor first to offer cooking oil bottles made entirely from recycled content in Colombia



    The global leader in developing and producing responsible bottles is partnering with Alianza and other organizations to overcome the difficulties often encountered with recycling cooking oil bottles

    Cali, Colombia, Sept 9 , 2021 – Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) has created a more responsible bottle for one of the country’s most popular ingredients – cooking oil. It’s the first cooking oil bottle in the country made from 100% recycled content.

    “ARP worked with Gourmet to create more sustainable bottles for the edible cooking oil industry,” said Alexander Alvarez, general manager of ARP Colombia. “The Amcor team in Cali, Colombia, partnered with resin suppliers and applied their knowledge and expertise to create a bottle that was made completely from recycled content.”

    ARP refined its bottles to ensure it is safe, causes no change in taste and is transparent – while maintaining Gourmet’s visual branding.

    “One of our main drivers is sustainability and we are committed to creating a circular economy within the cooking oil industry,” said Luis Alberto Botero, president and CEO of Alianza Team, Gourmet’s parent company. “ARP worked with us to produce bottles from recycled content that reduces the need for virgin resin. This helps us reduce our production of waste and fulfill Alianza’s promise of Feeding a Better Tomorrow.”

    The Gourmet bottles are now designed to be recycled. However, Acoplasticos, a nonprofit organization that represents companies in the chemical production supply chain, estimates that of all the 12 million bottles that are put on the market every day in Colombia, only 3 million are recycled.1 This is primarily because Colombia’s current recycling infrastructure is not able to effectively remove oil residue from its packaging.

    “While Gourmet has run informative chemical recycling pilot tests, we are working with them to expand this project across the country,” said Alvarez. “We believe they could be recycled into other items like light posts or hatches for boats. We are encouraging consumers to work with us to ensure that these bottles are properly recycled.”

    1: Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá: Colombia entierra anualmente 2 billones de pesos en plásticos que se pueden reciclar, June 2019

    About Amcor

    Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve supply chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable and reusable, and made using an increasing amount of recycled content. Around 46,000 Amcor people generate $13 billion in annual sales from operations that span about 225 locations in 40-plus countries. NYSE: AMCR; ASX: AMC



  • Meaford Expands Stryofoam Recycling Project


    A release notes, with the pilot project starting on Oct. 9, and with support from local community group Transition Meaford, the pilot will also now accept rigid packaging from computers, electronic, appliances and toys.

    This free recycling service is based out of St. Thomas Ontario, and all materials collected through the program will be delivered to an end user to repurpose it into a new product.

    The program runs the second Saturday of every month and Meaford residents will be able to drop off any styrofoam materials at 87 Stewart Street from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with no disposal fees.

    This program comes as residents currently are able to place their expanded styrofoam materials in clear plastic bags for pick-up as part of the garbage system. While historically free, the collected styrofoam has been disposed of in a landfill, causing significant environmental impacts.

    Transition Meaford is also offering to assist in running the program, with Meaford Manager/Chief Operator of Environment Services Chris Collyer noting, the partnership is an excellent example of how community partnerships can benefit the area by providing enhanced services to residents.

    “We are so pleased to pilot a program that can divert waste from landfills and recycle that material in a way that we know it is being repurposed into another product such as a picture frame,” says Collyer.

    Come Nov. 1, any expanded styrofoam materials placed on the curb for the Miller Waste pick-up will need to have a bag tag and must be clean, dry and not have any tape or stickers.

    Be advised, any expanded styrofoam recycling will not be available for institutional, commercial or industrial customers at this time.

    Should any changes be made to the drop off schedule or service, residents can find them on the Meaford Waste App.

  • Socar makes impact on thin-wall packaging


    The two ICP resins are the first in Socar’s portfolio to incorporate Milliken Chemical’s Hyperform HPN performance additive for PP. The two firms have been working together on developing the materials for the past year.

    According to Socar, the new grades are ideal for use in thin-wall injection moulded (TWIM) packaging applications such as caps, closures and opaque containers, as well as in various housewares, sporting goods and toys.

    The two new grades are CB 4848 MO (with a melt flow rate of 48) and CB 6448 MO (with a melt flow rate of 64), which are the most common melt flow rates for ICPs.

    Both offer an excellent balance of end-use properties, Socar said. The grades deliver moulded parts that exhibit low shrinkage, improved thermal resistance, and an excellent balance between stiffness and impact resistance, the company added.

    Additionally, Socar claimed the two different grades enable converters to achieve faster processing, while allowing both newer and older injection moulding machines to efficiently process the material.

    The company said the new grades advance its aim of providing customers with reactor grades of heterophasic copolymers that use no organic peroxides, and abide by its zero-phthalate philosophy. This means no catalysts and chemicals containing phthalate compounds are used at any stage of production. At the same time, the resulting products offer superior rigidity and dimensional stability, Socar explained.

    The use of Hyperform in the ICP formulation is also said to aid processability by helping to boost converters’ productivity through reduced cycle times, while also reducing their energy usage.

    These efforts build upon the previous cooperation between the companies that last year led to the introduction of Socar’s first two random copolymer PP grades – RB 4545 MO and RB 6545 MO.

    Those grades use Milliken’s Millad NX 8000 family of clarifiers, which Socar said can boost clarity in TWIM packaging products while maintaining an excellent balance of overall properties.

  • Kelso buys majority interest in CL Smith


    CL Smith specialises in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and custom-designing rigid packaging solutions.

    The company also operates Lyons Blow Moulding, an extrusion blow moulding facility in Brooklyn, Missouri, and is the exclusive distributor of products produced there.

    CL Smith’s HAZPlus division serves as a one-stop resource for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) containers and packaging requirements. It acts as a self-certifier and conducts both new and re-certification performance testing.

    Following the acquisition, Kelso will merge CL Smith with its present investment in Inmark, a company that distributes packaging products for the rigid container and life sciences markets.

    CL Smith CEO Sarah Macdonald said: “We are pleased to welcome an experienced investment partner who shares our vision for the expansion of the company into a national packaging provider.

    “Working together, we will strengthen our customer-focused value proposition and best-in-class service offering.”

    Kelso investment partner Sandy Osborne said: “At Kelso, we constantly seek opportunities to partner with experienced operators with successful track records.

    “Sarah Macdonald and the CL Smith management team have generated impressive historical performance while further strengthening the company’s differentiated market position.

    “We look forward to working together to continue CL Smith’s exceptional growth trajectory.”

    The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

    Kelso acquired the interest from Nancy Smith, who will invest proceeds in relation to the deal along with CL Smith’s management.

    Debevoise and Plimpton acted as legal advisor to Kelso.

    Ms Smith said: “CL Smith has a long and rich history of providing best-in-class customer service. We are excited to partner with Kelso, who share in our passion for customer care, our people and our culture.

    “These customer-centric values are the root of CL Smith’s success and serve as our roadmap for future growth.”

  • Kingsmoor Packaging launches lightweighting initiative


    Pioneered by Kingsmoor’s R&D team, KPL Cirrus works by creating a unique pattern in the sidewalls of a thermoformed container. As the container is formed, a series of small pockets are created where material continually gets slightly ‘affixed’ during the thermoforming process.

    According to the company, this in turn creates stronger sidewalls with less material, thereby creating a much lighter yet stronger pack.

    “As expected, there has been considerable positive interest in KPL Cirrus from our customers,” says Kingsmoor Packaging’s managing director, James Hill.

    “And while we appreciate that lightweighting might not be the ultimate answer to producing sustainable packaging, KPL Cirrus represents an important step towards achieving a more sustainable solution to a hugely complex problem.

    “Amongst the positives in this scenario - the use of less energy, less material and the increase in transport efficiency - lightweighting is ultimately about utilising the great benefits that plastics bring to food packaging, but using only what is totally necessary to make the product fit for purpose. The initiative also enables both our customers and us to reduce carbon emissions wherever we can.”


    The European Union published Directive 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. Among other things, this calls for a circular approach to be taken to dealing with single-use beverage packaging made of plastic and in particular the packaging caps, as these often end up in the environment as separate waste. The directive requires the lids and caps of bottles and composite packaging with a capacity of up to three litres to remain firmly tethered to the containers for as long as they are used. The EU member states are required to implement corresponding regulations by July 2024 at the latest. New solutions needed The statutory requirements mean the manufacturers are having to have a rethink, as the new caps have to be compatible with the existing types of bottle mouth on the one hand, while meeting the consumers’ need for a practical, convenient and high-quality solution on the other. Until now, though, cap design has both literally and figuratively been ‘detached’ from the actual packaging itself. It has been guided by the standards applicable for off-the-shelf screw caps and pressure caps. But now individual packaging designs have to be taken into account too, in order to keep the solution user-friendly. This means entirely new cap models need to be developed. Cap solutions from ALPLA The Relax and Soul designs now being offered by ALPLA meet the requirements made in terms of sustainable and functional cap solutions. The following applies in both cases: 1. No additional material is needed for their manufacture compared with conventional caps. 2. The caps remain firmly tethered to the beverage packaging for the entire life cycle from manufacture to disposal and do not therefore generate any separate waste. 3. There is no need for technical modifications to or additional investments in the existing bottling lines. 4. They can be used on various packaging sizes. The Relax model This model allows the consumer to fix the cap in one of three different positions on the bottleneck below the mouth after opening the bottle. Two bands are used to tether the cap to the packaging. The mouth and the bottleneck are clear through 360 degrees, as they are with untethered caps. This cap solutions is suitable for type 1881 and 1810 bottle mouths. The Soul model With this version, the cap can be bent back to an angle of approximately 160 degrees when opened and attached to the thread with a small pin. This fixing in place prevents the cap from springing back, allow the consumer to enjoy their drink undisturbed. This cap is available for bottle mouth type 1810.