3rd Recycled Packaging for Food Contact, Can food grade recycled polymers meet global sustainability targets ?

04-05 Jul, 2022 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, HYBRID

Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter

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Can food grade recycled polymers meet global sustainability targets ?

The EU has mandated the industry to include 25 percent recycled content in PET bottles by 2025 and 30 percent in all plastic bottles by 2030 under the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive.

Likewise, in the United States, manufacturers are required to include an annual average of 15 percent of post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) in beverage containers starting in 2022. By 2025 the mandate is set to increase to 25 percent and by 2030 to 50 percent.        

Source: ICIS, Recycling Supply Tracker – Mechanical, 2021

Will there be enough food grade recycled plastics to meet the demands of brand owners regulation, industry associations, and consumers ?

More importantly, what are the latest regulatory developments that will refocus on the safety of the final material and the substances that may potentially migrate into the packaged food.

Can chemical recycling of hard-to-recycle plastics step in ?

Recycled plastics used for FCMs is regulated rather strictly in the EU as there are concerns on the health risks associated with leakage of decontaminants during the recycling process and in the final product.

Food contact materials require high-quality food grade recycled resins, which are currently limited. Investment is needed in collection systems, consumer education, and recycling capabilities in order to increase the global supply of recyclates to reach industry targets.

Can chemical recycling  be the complementary solution to mechanical recycling to secure supply of recycled resins suitable for food contact applications.

What are the EU, UK & US FDA requirements on chemically recycled plastics for food contact packaging ?

Find out more at the 3rd Recycled Packaging for Food Contact event held this year in Newcastle on the 4 - 5 July and complement your experience with an optional site visit tour to the AMB Packaging facility in the UK.

Optional Site Visit to AMB in the UK


AMB is a market leading international company that delivers a unique difference to the food and food packaging industry. From PET, RPET rigid and flexible film production through to packaging design under one roof, a complete end2end process for it’s customers driven by sustainability.

In a world where the environment and a responsibility within the sustainable circular economy have become more important than ever, AMB have an active agenda to meet expectations of its customers and help solve some of the most complex sustainability challenges within packaging production. AMB are Designed to be Different.

See how AMB are delivering on this with:

•  Site tours around AMB PET extrusion lines and process
•  Visit their Tooling & Design for food packaging manufacturing plant


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Dr. Anna Gergely
Director, EHS Regulatory
Steptoe & Johnson LLP


Timothy Chandler
Senior Policy Advisor,
Food Contact Materials
Food Standards Agency


Claire McKillen
Team Manager - Packaging
Migration and MS Solutions
Fera Science Ltd


Dr. Julien Renvoise
Global Sustainability Marketing & Business Development Manager
& Director
Trinseo France S.A.S.



Jeremy Blake
Managing Director
PLASgran Ltd



Sean Fischer
Regulatory Review Scientist,
Center for Food Safety
and Applied Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug
Administration - FDA


Elisa Mayrhofer
Safety Assessment
- Food Packaging Migrates
Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology


Prof. Edward Kosior
CEO & Founder
Nextek Limited


Dr. Eleni Iacovidou
Lecturer in Environmental Management
Brunel University London
Sustainable Plastics
Research Group


Loula Gerasimidou
Research Fellow
Brunel University London


Marisa Alves
Advisory Board Member CCO
& Polymers Procurement
Intraplas SA - Indústria Transformadora de Plásticos


Carsten Eichert
Managing Director
RITTEC Umwelttechnik GmbH / Revolpet


Pascal Wust
Application Development Engineer


Charlotte Davies
Resource Efficiency Consultant
Comply Direct


Martin Hyde
Sustainability &
Public Affairs Manager
Alupro - The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation