Working Group on Recycling PET Thermoforms

The Working Group was established in June 2015, following a Workshop on Recycling PET Thermoforms in March 2015. It comprises around 40 companies and organisations including key players from industry and waste management. The goal is to increase the market share of PET in thermoforms in Europe by providing sustainable and reliable end-of-life solutions for their effective recycling.


The focus of the Thermoforms Working Group is lying on three specific targets:

  • Maintain and possibly increase the market share of PET thermoforms in the European market.
  • Improve the image of PET thermoforms as best-in-class by promoting a value-chain approach by end users (retailers, brand owners, consumers).
  • Provide sustainable and reliable end of life options for PET thermoforms.



By involving all parties in the value chain and sharing best practices and results, the group will carry out the following actions:

  • Analyse the PET thermoforms market per type of tray design and composition and per country & analyse the actual outputs for rPET from thermoforms.
  • Develop Design for Recycling Guidelines.
  • Define, validate and disseminate the best recyclable packaging technologies.
  • Define, validate and disseminate the best collection, sorting and recycling technologies.
  • Develop new applications for PET thermoforms or mixed PET.
  • Start a real collection, sorting and recycling stream for PET thermoforms, where possible today.



Task forces

  • Working Group chairmen: Wim Hoenderdaal (Indorama) & Paolo Glerean (Aliplast)
  • Task Force 1: Market analysis; reports on input and collection figures in EU countries for PET thermoforms
    Chairman: Luca Stramare (Corepla)
  • Task Force 2: Packaging technology; reports on the status of the art of different technologies that can help closing the loop in PET thermoforms
    Chairman: Paolo Glerean (Aliplast)

  • Task Force 3:
    Chairman: Herbert Snell (Multipet)
    • Sorting and recycling; reports about the status of the art in collection, sorting and recycling technologies about PET thermoforms
    • Projects / best practices: reports on all ongoing projects, including other regions, related to improving the recycling of PET thermoforms​         
  • Task force 4: Application r-PET from thermoforms or mixed PET; reports on the ongoing applications of r-PET coming from PET thermoforms
    Chairman: Bernard Chase (Wrap)

  • Task force 5: Communications; informs the industry about the WG developments & promotes its activities
    Chairman: Wim Hoenderdaal (CPME / Indorama)



Petcore Europe Workshop on Recycling of Rigid PET Thermoforms - May 2015 in Brussels:

Petcore Europe convened a workshop on the Recycling of Rigid PET Thermoforms in Brussels involving fifty leaders and experts from the whole PET value chain in Europe. This Workshop marked the starting point for the association's WG on PET thermoforms recycling. Some of the most important companies and organisations from PET producers, to converters, users, recyclers, technology providers and collection agencies discussed how the industry can work together to make PET thermoforms the best recyclable thermoformed packaging in its category. Read more...


Working Group Agenda (per annum)

  • Up to three physical meetings of the Thermoforms Working Group
  • Regular meetings / conference calls of the different Task Forces
  • Organisation of public wokshop



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


News from previous meetings