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Recyclable ready meal food tray

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Recyclable ready meal food tray
This cardboard ready meal food tray has a thin film coating which can be easily peeled away to improve recyclabilty
In Development – This pack was first presented at Interpack in 2011, but at the moment the technology providers describe it as "coming soon".

Recycled content/recyclability

Product Categories

Relevant Materials
Cartonboard, Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Cartons, Flexible & Films

Supply Chain Phase
Design, Recovery


This pack is an innovative alternative to the traditional plastic food tray used for fresh foods and ready meals. A cardboard tray is combined with a thin plastic liner on the inside and top of the tray to provide the necessary barriers to keep the product fresh and to prevent leakage. Once the foodstuff has been consumed, the film liner and lid can easily be removed, leaving uncontaminated board which can now be recycled.

The filled packaging can be stored in the fridge or freezer and can also be heated in the microwave or oven.
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

The main benefit of this pack is to enhance the recyclability of ready meal and convenience food packaging. In addition, the technology providers also claim that the pack is lighter and has a lower carbon footprint than conventional plastic trays used for this type of application.

Intellectual Property

This pack is being developed and marketed under the branding Split-it. The design is patent protected (patent Number PCT/GB09/050506).

Consultant View

Readers interested in other solutions which improve the recyclability of food packaging options should try searching the REID database using combinations of filters and search terms such as “Food” and “recyclability”. In particular, attention is drawn to a similar solution described in the REID entry “Easily recyclable ready meal packaging”.

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