PET trays recycling guidelines

Plastics Recyclers Europe released the design-for-recycling guidelines for PET trays.

These guidelines, one for clear thermoforms and another for coloured thermoforms, set the basic principles to create PET trays which could be treated by future plastics recycling plants dedicated to this stream.

The eco-design of PET trays is a first compulsory step to start the development of PET trays recycling. Additionally, this waste stream of 800,000 tonnes must be collected and sorted accordingly to create a dedicated waste stream. These two actions are essential in order to create a real recycling stream for PET trays and allow this specific packaging to help reaching the upcoming EU recycling targets.

As a proactive industry, the recyclers are calling the value chain, converters, retailers, brand owners, raw material producers, to join forces to build-up a PET trays platform in order to start a path to a value chain approach for PET trays similar to EPBP (European PET Bottle Platform – www.epbp.org).

Please find the PET Tray Recycling Guidelines here.

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Plastics Recyclers Europe was celebrating its 20th birthday during the Annual Meeting which took place on 16 and 17 June in Cascais, Portugal. The event gathered over 150 participants from all over Europe who were debating on improving plastic waste sorting.

The organisers of the PRS Europe event, Crain Communications Ltd and the Plastics Recyclers Europe Association would like to make the following statement.