The Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging initiative (CEFLEX) has announced an open consultation for development of a set of design guidelines for consumer flexible packaging. The guidelines aim “to support and advise the entire value chain to design and specify flexible packaging suitable for collection, sorting and recycling after use.” Split into multiple phases, the first phase of development of the guidelines will focus on polyolefin-based packaging materials due to its large share of the flexible packaging waste stream. Guidelines for additional packaging types are set to be developed in separate consultations during 2020. The current draft version of the guidelines was developed over the past two years by a team representing “80 companies and organizations across the flexible packaging value chain.” Comments are now being accepted from the wider value chain until January 17, 2020, and the guidelines are set to be published in the first quarter of 2020.
CEFLEX (December 12, 2019). “Open consultation: Designing for a Circular Economy Guidelines phase 1.”
Shahrzad Pourriahi (December 12, 2019). “Ceflex launches open consultation for Circular Economy Guidelines.” Plastics News Europe