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• Resin producers/traders • Plastics, paper, metal recyclers • Paperboard/fiber packaging suppliers • Food packaging Companies • Converters • Bottlers • Food Lawyers/ Consultants • Testing Laboratories • Government Authorities in Food Health & Safety • Brandowners, End users • Coatings, inks suppliers • Bioplastics producers
Sustainability objectives and the drive to a circular economy is increasing demand for all recycled materials in packaging.
The biggest challenge for food companies though, is to find suitable recycled food grade material.
Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company announced in January 2020 that it will spend more than than 1.5 billion Swiss francs to buy 2 million metric tons of recycled plastic between now and 2025.
This is a laudable first move by a food company that is willing to pay above the market rate for the recycled material as part of its strategy to alleviate a shortage of used plastics suitable for food packaging and in turn boost up supplies, innovations in technology to improve food grade recycling plastics.
What are the solutions by Nestle to reach the targeted recycled content ?
Using recycled plastics – especially within food contact applications – is challenging and governed by European Commission’s published Regulation No 282/2008.
However, the regulation only applies for plastic waste which has been treated mechanically. Future amendments to the regulation is called for as chemical recycling comes into play.
To date food-grade plastic has been the most complex to obtain due to the risks of using second-hand plastics potentially containing toxic chemicals that could be dangerous to human health. It is an EFSA requirement that recycled plastics used for food applications is made from predominantly (e.g. greater than 99%) packaging that was previously used for food-grade products.
One of the the biggest roadblock to increasing the amount of recycled plastic for food packaging is the poor quality of recyclates.
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