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Definition and development of functional barriers for the use of recycled materials in multilayer food packaging

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Polyolefins recycling in 2018 - The capacity for rigid polyolefins in Europe totals 1.7 million tonnes

With atotal recycling capacity of 1.7 million tonnes, rigid, post-consumer andpost-industrial polyolefins, in particular HDPE and PP, are in the group of themost recycled streams in Europe. According to the data collected by PlasticsRecyclers Europe, the countries with the highest shares of the installedcapacity for these streams include: Italy, with a rate of 25%, Germany 22%, andthe UK 15%. An additional 22% comes from Spain (13%) and France (9%). In 2018there were 114 HDPE and PP recyclers located in Europe. The highest number ofHDPE and PP facilities can be found in Italy and Spain. Germany places itselfin third place, followed by the United Kingdom and France.

Chairman ofthe HDPE & PP Working Group, Herbert Snell commented: “The demand for theuse of recyclates is increasing and shifting towards a wider range ofapplications which require a new set of specifications. Although the HDPE andPP recycling capacity is steadily growing, in order to meet this new demand andincrease the quality, it will be essential to work on advancing collection anddesign for recycling”. He added: “It is indispensable to increase recycling ofthese polymers if we are to reach the new recycling rates. This, in turn, canhappen only if a genuine transformation of the production, end of lifetreatment and collection of these materials is taking place”.

Thisis crucial as the main and the biggest outlet for rigid polyolefins in Europeremains the packaging segment. They are used in a vast array of applicationsranging from food, household and personal care products. The remaining biggestmarket for HDPE is building and construction and for PP the automotive one. Thedata for HDPE and PP is supplementing the numbers for the already publishedrecycling capacities for PET (2.1 million tonnes) and PE-LD (2.3 milliontonnes) in Europe published in 2018.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, technological development and demonstration (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [606572].

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