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“We have a solid track record and experience in the returnable crates sector.

“If the aquaculture industry – and any fresh food producers for that matter – in Scotland can be persuaded to switch from polystyrene to re-usable plastic crates it will benefit them financially and reduce their carbon footprint.

“Of that, there is no doubt and, as our report shows, switching to returnable packaging could result in a cost saving of around 40 per cent.

“Our core business is to promote the green advantages of using plastic returnable crates instead of one-way trip cardboard boxes and today the major supermarket chains are becoming more and more involved in the drive to use returnable packaging in the food supply chain.

“The motivation and, ultimately, the deciding factor in a switch from one-way trip cardboard boxes is that using returnable packaging is cost-effective. In other words it works financially.”

Edinburgh-registered PPS recently won its first contract involving a Grieg Seafood Hjaltland salmon farm.

In a six-figure deal with Belgian company Levenstond Seafood, PPS delivers clean crates for operations at the Shetland-based seafarm, whose Scottish salmon products are supplied by Levenstond to Belgium’s leading supermarkets.

PPS currently has contracts with businesses in Scotland but is actively pushing to expand its operations in the country.

The Phase 2 targets of Courtauld Commitment include reducing the carbon impact of grocery packaging by 10 per cent and the traditional grocery product and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain by 5 per cent.

This new agreement also aims to achieve a 10 per cent reduction in the carbon impact of grocery packaging between April 2010 and December 2012, compared to 2009 baseline levels.

WRAP said it aimed to achieve this goal by reducing the weight of grocery packaging and increasing its recycled content, as well as increasing recycling rates for the waste stream to achieve a 1.1 million tonne reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.

Its target is to reduce traditional grocery product and packaging waste across the grocery supply chain by 5 per cent of 2009 levels by December 2012.

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