Efficiency of ‘PET-eating’ enzyme can be improved

Scientists modify PET-degrading bacterial enzyme to make it more efficient; enzyme also supports PEF degradation; further improvement required to allow industrial application in plastics recycling

Deadline for Indian PET bottle ban extended

Consumers and retailers in Indian state Maharashtra must dispose of banned plastic items such as PET bottles smaller than 0.5 L until June 23, 2018

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 22nd meeting

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

Turning PET waste into virgin material

Companies Unilever, Ioniqa and Indorama Ventures develop technology converting PET waste into virgin grade material to be used for food packaging

CEF Panel: 74th plenary meeting

EFSA’s CEF Panel discusses PET recycling processes and new mandates for evaluating food contact chemicals at 74th plenary meeting held March 7-8, 2018

India restricts use of PET bottles

Indian state Maharashtra bans PET bottles smaller than 0.5 L, orders deposit-return scheme for PET bottles bigger than 0.5 L and for milk pouches, requests alternative packaging material for milk such as glass

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 21st meeting

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

Strategies for PET in the circular economy

Petcore Europe’s annual conference discusses perspectives and strategies for PET in the circular economy; conference proceedings now available

EFSA assesses 2 more PET recycling processes

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers PET made from recycling processes ‘EstPak Plastik’ and ‘Concept Plastic Packaging’ safe for use in food contact articles for all types of foodstuffs under certain conditions

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