Fully Recyclable PET Tray Prototype Project Receives EU Funding

06-02-14(2)picA project with an aim of producing prototypes of fully recyclable PET trays for food preservation by using recycled PET (R-PET) has secured EU funding.

The project, called “Greenpack”, will run for 3 years from December 2013 and has been funded by the European Commission.

The main scientific and technological objective of the current project is to produce prototypes of fully recyclable PET trays for food preservation by using recycled PET (R-PET).

The proposed idea will be able to give a solution to this problem by providing a mono-material tray in virgin PET (for food tact) and R-PET for the rest of the tray. The necessary barrier properties will be guaranteed by an active oxygen barrier.

The objective of the project is the study, designing and dissemination of a dedicated recycling model, inspired to replication and spreading of the recycling model of the 100 percent PET soft drink bottles, in the post-consumer phase, adapting its characteristics to the specific food package features.

The recycling model will focus on the management of a “cradle to cradle” loop, from and to the starting manufacturing process, promoting the reduction of manufacturing costs and the carbon foot print of PET packaging for food.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is involved in the research.

According to the BPF, although PET packaging solutions currently on the market fully satisfy the required performances, with respect to each single application, there is still a lack of these performances to be bridged respect to the basic need of the PET trays recycling.

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