Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), the Brussels-based trade body, has published a new set of guidelines for the design of trays using recycled PET.
These guidelines, one for clear thermoforms and one for coloured, emphasise “basic principles to create PET trays which could be treated by future plastics recycling plants dedicated to this stream”.
PRE said this was compulsory step to enable the development of PET trays from recycled material.
“This waste stream of 800,000 tonnes must be collected and sorted accordingly to create a dedicated waste stream,” PRE said.
“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”.
The group is calling calling on the value chain, converters, retailers, brand owners, raw material producers, to join forces to create an approach for PET trays similar to that for the European PET Bottle Platform.