Müller is rolling out a new lightweight recyclable milk cap, which uses 13 percent less plastic material, for its branded and private label fresh milk products.

The cap, which weighs just 1.3g, will be used in all Müller products from February 2019.

The dairy company said it has worked with Paccor, a supplier of sustainable plastic packaging solutions, for the last 18 months to design, trial and rollout the new compression mould caps.

The move will help to remove 300 tonnes of plastic every year, the equivalent weight of 231 million ‘stealth’ milk caps, it added.

Müller has already completed various multi-million pound acquisitions throughout the UK, enabling the business to manufacture its own fresh milk bottles in the UK. Its HDPE fresh milk bottles, used for all branded and private label fresh milk products, are already 100% recyclable and the business is aiming to increase the use of recycled plastic in its bottles to a target of 50% by 2020.

Patrick Müller, chief executive of Müller Milk & Ingredients said: “We’re clear about the need to reduce our use of plastic, and we have removed 10,000 tonnes of plastic from our milk bottles since 2016. This is great progress, but we can, and we will do more.

“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.”