Working Group on Recycling of Opaque and Difficult to Recycle PET Packaging (ODR)

The Opaque and Difficult to Recycle PET Packaging (ODR) Working Group concentrates on the upcoming issue of heavily coloured or opaque PET, which is in fast growing demand in new applications such as milk bottles, detergents and family care products. Currently recyclers process mainly transparent or light coloured PET. Therefore, the goal of the WG is to find and ensure an end-of-life strategy for these products and to promote their image.



  • Analyse ODR market
  • Define, validate anddisseminate best collection/sorting and recycling technologies
  • Map current and new recycling paths for ODR
  • Learn from best-in-class examples and practices
  • Optimise DfR Guidelines


Task Forces

  • Working Group Chairmen: Gian de Belder (Procter & Gamble) & Herbert Snell (MultiPet)
  • Task Force 1: Market analysis - applications and compositions
    Chairwoman: Alessandra Funcia (Sukano)
  • Task Force 2: Challenges and impacts for MRF (sorting) / recyclers (end markets)
    Chairman: Vincent Colard (Eco-Emballages)
  • Task Force 3: Solutions to improve sorting - current practices and future systems
    Chairman: Pascal Chapon (Sleever International)
  • Task Force 4: End applications for ODR - current practices and new applications
    Chairman: Casper van den Dungen (PRE / Polyrecycling)
  • Task Force 5: Current best practices / MS initiatives / new projects
    Chairman: Emmanuel Guichard (Elipso)
  • Task Force 6: Communicate & define improved Design-for-Recycling principles



Petcore Europe ODR Workshop - 2 February 2017 in Brussels:

The ODR Workshop that was organised on 2 February 2017 gave an overview on the current status of markets, collection, sorting, best practices, applications and end markets in the field of opaque and difficult to recycle PET containers. It marked the starting point for the new Petcore Europe ODR Working Group and thus aimed at bringing all participants to a common knowledge base. Read more…


Working Group Agenda (per annum)

  • Up to three physical meetings of the ODR Working Group​​ ​​​
  • Regular meetings / conference calls of the different Task Forces
  • Organisation of public workshop



All interested industry representatives are welcome to join this Working Group. For Petcore Europe members access to the WG is for free. External companies are charged a contribution fee for covering the functioning costs.

To apply for WG membership and to get an overview on the membership fees, please fill in the WG application form here and send it to



The group is comprising participants from the complete PET value chain including among others resin and masterbatch producers, packaging material producers, label producers, associations, sorting and recycling machine manufacturers, brand owners as well as EPR organisations: