Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) said it plans to start developing guidelines for recycling PET trays.
The body, which represents 110 plastics recyclers across Europe, will create the guidelines in response to an increase in the use of PET trays, most of which cannot be easily recycled.
PRE said that the guidance would allow products to be assessed with a view to creating PET trays that are recyclable.
It will also develop guidelines for trays made of other plastics which have similar recyclability issues as PET trays.
PRE said that none of the current recycling streams was available for the 700,000 tonnes PET trays annually put on the market, and that the increased use of the trays had not been adequately addressed in the end-of-life solutions.
In a statement about the guidelines, PRE said that recyclers were willing to work with other stakeholders to develop the guidelines: “All trays have an important packaging function but need adapt to recyclability requirements in order to grow in the years to come.”