Advancing towards 100% rPET content
EU brand owners of consumer goods are gearing up to meet the target for 25% recycled content in all PET bottles by 2025 . Many brands have announced ambitious recycled content target for plastic packaging, which typically go beyond regulatory requirements, with a target of 50% recycled content.
Demand for rPET packaging solutions is estimated to substantially increase as PET is easy to recycle and can be used repeatedly in closed loops.
It is however projected that, to meet the recycling targets, there is seriously undersupply of food grade R-PET in the Europe. The current shortages of waste collection infrastructure and recycling capacity to meet these targets, effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen delays to investment making the 2025 targets clearly challenged.
Can chemical recycling address the supply gap ? What if targets are not met by 2025 ?
In some European countries, Coca Cola has already accelerated towards the use of 100% rPET, and is ambitious to eliminate virgin oil-based PET in all of its bottles within the next decade.
Infia, a major thermoform producer has also converted all their PET production lines in Italy and Spain to 100% recycled
EU Food Contact rPET is a good opportunity to assess where the market is heading, hear from brand owners on their quest to accelerate towards 100% rPET.
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