Plastics Recyclers Europe has released a set of ‘design-for-recycling’ guidelines for PET trays.
These guidelines, one for clear thermoforms and another for coloured thermoforms, outline the basic principles for creating PET trays suitable for recycling.PRE says that its new guidelines represent the first compulsory step in this direction.
The group is also calling for dedicated sorting and the creation of a specific waste stream for PET trays. It believes that these two actions are essential to help reach upcoming EU recycling targets.
PRE adds that it plans to call on the value chain (inclusive of converters, retailers, brand owners and raw material producers) to join forces and build up a ‘PET trays platform’, similar to the EPBP (European PET Bottle Platform – www.epbp.org).