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The European PET Bottle Platform, whose mission is to determine the effect of new PET bottles and additives on the quality and the sustainability of the recovered PET flake for recycling, has assessed the impact of several innovations on the PET recycling stream. These assessments are based upon tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol.

Applicants must demonstrate that materials and/or components used in PET bottles can be recycled safely and economically, using existing recycling technologies and processes, by eliminating or significantly reducing materials that may impede recycling without affecting the yield or the quality of the recycled PET.

To date EPBP has considered more than 20 applications. Many are ongoing, but there are 7 so far on the positive list. More test results will be posted on this page as they become available. 
 
 
CCL Label GmbH’s low density pressure sensitive labelling system (LD-PSL) contains a transparent as well as an opaque label solution. Both label solutions are based on a duplex laminate of LD-polyolefin films in conjunction with an acrylic based pressure sensitive adhesive. Data supplied from tests carried out in accordance to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on the colour and properties of the resulting rPET, if certain conditions are met. Read more...
AVERY DENNISON CleanFlake™ clear polypropylene label material and adhesive contains a non-laminated as well as an over-laminated solution. Both label solutions are based on a clear 40µ polypropylene label material with a printable surface used in conjunction with a clear permanent acrylic adhesive. Data supplied from tests carried out conforming to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated minimal impact on the colour and properties of the resulting rPET, if certain conditions are met. Read more...
KHS Innoprint PET machine is designed to be run using specifically developed KHS PET inks that are low migration, UV-curable and compliant with all European guidelines. Ink specifications and print process description are in the Annex to the notice. Data supplied from tests carried out conforming to the EPBP testing protocol and from migration tests demonstrated minimal impact on the colour and properties of the resulting rPET if certain conditions are met. Read more...
Bio-based PET EPBP has evaluated the effect of PET grades manufactured using monomers derived from renewable resources on the PET recycling stream. Several processes have been announced that allow the production of monomers that can be used to manufacture PET and “PET-like” polyesters starting from renewable resources like food and food scraps (corn, sugar cane, ...), biomasses and waste (wood chips, switchgrass, stalks, algae, compostable city waste, ...). Some of those processes have already reached or are close to reach industrial scale. The replacement of the traditional monomers with the ones derived from renewable resources can be either total or partial. Read more...
CCL Label GmbH’s Triple S, Super Stretch Sleeve is a printed high stretch polyethylene based sleeve for the decoration of contoured PET bottles. Data supplied from tests carried out conforming to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if three specific conditions are met. Read more...
Kureha Corporation Kuredux Polyglycolic Acid resin (PGA) is a passive barrier intended for use as a middle layer in a multilayer structure at a maximum level of 5% to provide product protection and extend shelf life of beverages and foods packaged in PET. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if Kuredux Polyglycolic Acid, at a maximum concentration of 5% and as the middle layer of a 3-layer structure with no tie layers, is used in levels of up to 10% of the PET bottle market. Read more...
ColorMatrix Ultimate 390-1 (280-1085-1) – UV blocker technology is intended for use at a maximum concentration of 0.15% in the manufacture of PET to provide protection against light degradation for UV sensitive food and beverages. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if the ColorMatrix UV Blocker Ultimate 390-1 (280-1085-1) at a maximum concentration of 0.15% is used in levels of up to 20% of the PET bottle market. Read more...
ColorMatrix HyGuard HyCat-1 (280-10120-1) - oxygen scavenger is intended for use at a maximum concentration of 0.10% to provide product protection and extend shelf life of oxygen sensitive beverages and foods packaged in PET. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if ColorMatrix HyGuard HyCat-1 (280-10120-1) at a maximum concentration of 0.10% is used in levels of up to 10% of the PET bottle market. Read more...
ColorMatrix Ultimate 390 CC1 (280-1034-5) – UV blocker technology is intended for use at a maximum concentration of 0.15% in the manufacture of PET to provide protection against light degradation for UV sensitive food and beverages. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if the ColorMatrix UV Blocker Ultimate 390 CC1 (280-1034-5) at a maximum concentration of 0.15% is used in levels of up to 12% of the PET bottle market. Read more...
Sidel's ActisTM Lite - coating technology consists of a very thin carbon layer (average thickness of 60 nm), deposited in a plasma form, that completely adheres to the inner surface of the PET bottle wall. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated that processing conditions and bottle performances are not affected by high levels of Sidel ActisTM Lite coating. Residual colour is the only limiting factor above 15% market share. Read more...
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical - MXD6 co-injected bottles consist of a thin layer of MXD6 as the middle layer of a 3-layer construction with no adhesive tie layers, with a content of approximately 5% MXD6. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated that processing conditions and bottle performances are not affected by high levels of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical co-injected bottles. Residual colour is the only limiting factor, although the MXD6 middle layer can be partially removed (by air elutriation) from the inner and outer PET layer during the PET washing process. Read more...
APTAR Food+Beverage – closures containing a swimming silicone valve Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated that APTAR silicone valves floated on the washing water, and were thus removed during the sink-float step. The resultant recycled PET flakes did not contain any silicone. EPBP concludes that APTAR Food+Beverage swimming silicone valve will have no negative impact on current European PET recycling. Read more...