Müller Milk & Ingredients, UK, rolled out a new lightweight recyclable milk cap that uses 13% less plastic material and removes 300 tons of plastic every year, the equivalent weight of 231 million “stealth” milk caps.

The dairy company worked with PACCOR, Excelsior Springs, Mo., for the last 18 months to design, trial and roll out the new compression mold caps.

After completing various trials across Müller’s network of state-of-the-art dairies throughout 2018, all of Müller’s branded and private label fresh milk products will include the new lighter cap, which weighs just 1.3 grams.

“We’re clear about the need to reduce our use of plastic, and we have removed 10,000 tons of plastic from our milk bottles since 2016. This is great progress, but we can, and we will do more,” says Patrick Müller, chief executive officer. “Customers and consumers can be assured that Müller is working to lead in this and other important areas. We are convinced that the work we do with our packaging, operational excellence and with dairy farmers who supply us to protect against market volatility are real points of difference.”