New crisp packet can be recycled at kerbside – Resource Efficient Business

New crisp packet can be recycled at kerbside – Resource Efficient Business
British Crisp Co’s recyclable packets

A crisp packet that can be recycled in kerbside paper collections has hit UK shelves.

The British Snack Company launched the bag after detailed work with packaging specialists Evopak and Aquapak.


Described as “the first fully recyclable crisp packet”, it is made of the innovative Hydropol polymer alongside an ultra-thin layer of aluminium.

Hydropol is hailed as non-toxic, marine-safe, biodegradeable, recyclable, compostable and compatible with anaerobic digestion.

Tom Lock, chief executive of the British Snack Company, said: “Brits consume over 8 billion packets of crisps each year, the majority of which are not recyclable and end up in landfill or incinerators.

“In partnership with Evopak, and using exciting new polymer technology, we have created the first fully recyclable crisp packet – something that consumers have been demanding for a long time.”

Mark Lapping, chief executive at Aquapak, added: “This is a huge opportunity for brands and producers who now have a viable, functional and recyclable alternative that enables full fibre recovery in a standard paper-recycling process.”

Daniel McAlister, director of business operations at Evopak, said the packaging “costs the same as existing materials” and could be used in a range of applications from snacks to pet products.