In 2018 Petcore Europe and the European Aerosol Federation (FEA) launched a new Plastic Aerosol Recycling Special Industry Group (SiG) in order to anticipate the need to recycle higher amounts of plastic aerosols. The industry task force is looking for ways to increase the recycling volumes of PET products from the household packaging waste stream.
In 2020, the Aerosol Dispenser Directive (ADD) will potentially allow plastic aerosols beyond 220 ml in Europe. "Currently, the capacity is restricted due to the fact that the ADD was written in a time when only brittle plastics were available. This led to the approach to treat plastics the same way as coated glass containers", explains Chairman Johannes Burghaus the background of the new SiG. "With PET we have today an ideal plastic aerosol material at hand. That is why FEA, the European Aerosol Federation, started an approach to change the ADD and allow plastic aerosols beyond 220 ml capacity."
As this will enable mass market instead of only niche production, the market volume of plastic aerosols is expected to increase. That will eventually lead to a higher amount of plastic aerosol packages in the collection, sorting and recycling systems in Europe. For this reason, FEA and Petcore Europe took the initiative to establish the Plastic Aerosol Recycling Special Industry Group (SiG) under the umbrella of Petcore Europe.
The objective of the new SiG is in line with Petcore Europe’s voluntary commitment to grow the volume of recycled PET, also with more difficult recycling streams.
Join the Plastic Aerosol Recycling Special Industry Group
FEA and Petcore Europe invite member and non-member companies to join the group. Participants need to be involved in the plastic aerosol or PET recycling value chain. The input of the following industry players is especially welcome:
- Brand Owners and Fillers
- Waste Manufactures and Green Dot Companies
- Sorting Companies
- Recycling Companies
- Bottle Suppliers
- Valve or Injection Molding Suppliers
- Resin Suppliers