EFSA evaluates ‘Envases Ureña’ recycling process

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers PET made from recycling process ‘Envases Ureña’ safe for use in food contact articles for all types of foodstuffs under certain conditions

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 20th meeting

Updated meeting minutes of EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on recycling plastics now available online

PET collection and recycling growing in Europe

Nearly 60% of PET bottles on European market collected for recycling in 2016, according to Petcore Europe report; detailed survey results to be discussed at 2018 Petcore Europe conference

Non-harmonized FCMs and plastic recycling

Smithers Pira 2017 conference on plastic and paper in contact with food covers initiatives by industry associations and recycling of plastic FCMs

U.S. plastic bottle recycling again decreases

According to annual report by the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council, PET and HDPE bottle recycling on decline, while PP bottle recycling increased by 15% in 2016

New technology for chemical recycling of PET

EU-funded project DEMETO develops industrial-scale process to chemically break down PET to its building blocks and reintroduce them at the virgin-grade production stage

Microplastics in mineral water

Scientists detect microplastics in mineral waters packed in plastic bottles, glass bottles, beverage cartons; highest content found in carbonated water from refillable plastic bottles; packaging is one possible contamination source

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 19th meeting

Updated meeting minutes of EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on recycling plastics now available online

Conference: PET in the circular economy

Petcore Europe holds annual conference on February 7-8, 2018 in Brussels; focus on strategies for PET in the circular economy; registration now open

EFSA assesses ‘Krones’ recycling process

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers PET made from recycling process ‘Krones’ safe for use in food contact articles for all types of foodstuffs under certain conditions