Towards a sustainable PET recycling industry in Europe …
The main objective of the European PET Bottle Platform is to evaluate technologies / products and to allow new PET bottle innovations, while minimising the economic and environmental consequences for the European PET recycling industry.
It will do so by promoting the recyclability of PET bottles on the market by:
- Establishing European harmonised guidelines for PET bottles recyclability that will be accepted across the whole value chain.
- Encouraging industry to test new PET bottle concepts and/or materials before market launch according to the harmonised guidelines.
- Giving advice and recommendations to the different stakeholders.
- Sharing information and knowledge across the whole value chain.
The Platform is grouping technical experts in the field of PET production, design and recycling for an objective evaluation of new technologies and an independent assessment of their impact on the PET recycling processes across Europe. For this, the Platform has established several test procedures in order to assess the recycling profile of new packaging technologies, such as barriers, additives, closures, labels, etc. Products that pass the tests should not experience any problems during recycling.
The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) is a voluntary initiative supported by the European Association of Plastic Recycling and Recovery Organisations (EPRO), Petcore Europe, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), the European non-alcoholic beverages association (UNESDA) and the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW).