Polymark is a three-year research project funded by the European Commission that has developed a new technology which enables the identification and sorting of polymers, including PET, in the high-value plastics waste stream.
The Polymark project aims to maximise the value from recycling and the re-use of PET as valuable resource, while meeting EU rules on the re-use of food contact and non-food contact PET. The technology that has been developed successfully distinguishes between food-contact plastics and non-food contact plastics in order to further optimise the high-value waste stream and ultimately increase a more valuable use of these materials.
For more information, publications and first results: www.polymark.org
The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) is a voluntary initiative supported by the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW), the European Association of Plastic Recycling and Recovery Organizations (EPRO), Petcore Europe, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and the European non-alcoholic beverages association (UNESDA).
The Platform consists of technical experts in the field of PET production, design and recycling, whose only objective is the evaluation of new technologies and providing an independent and confidential assessment of their impact on the PET recycling processes across Europe.
EPBP has established several test procedures in order to assess the impact on recycling of new packaging technologies. Products that pass the tests should not cause any problems during recycling.
For more information: www.epbp.org
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) European initiative of the European Commission is aiming towards the development of a harmonised EU-wide methodology for the calculation of the environmental footprint of products including different materials such as glas, cartons but also PET.
In the EU, 51.6 billion litres of bottled water were consumed in 2012 and PET made up for more than 80% of the bottled water packaging.
Therefore Petcore Europe joined - together with Danone Waters, Ferrarelle, FEVE (The European Container Glass Federation), Nestlé Waters, Quantis SA, Spadel and UETR (Union Européenne des Transporteurs Routiers) - this initiative and collects and provides the necessary data on PET to the authorities.
For more information, visit the DG Environment website here.