The fact that the PET sector offers space for innovative ideas can be seen for example in another Petcore
Europe project called 'Polymark'.
Last year Petcore published its "Guidelines and Test Protocols" for additives and barrier materials, which assesses the recycling properties of these technologies.
In light of its test results, Petcore has urged that oriented polystyrene (OPS) sleeves should be banned from the European PET bottle market.
According to Petcore, PET recycling processes in Europe differ from those in the United States and Japan.
PET is by far the most recycled plastic material in Europe," explained Petcore Europe Executive Director, Patrick Peuch.
This decrease illustrates the challenges that the PET industry had to face in 2014, says Petcore Europe, in particular the pricing throughout the RPET (recycled PET) chain and pressure from low virgin PET resin prices that occurred during the last quarter of the year.
, "PET Profile: Petcore
Fact Sheet on Poly Ethylene Terephalate," Brussels (2011).
From a sustainability perspective, our industry is thrilled that last year the equivalent of around 56 percent of PET containers in circulation were collected for reclamation and recycling," commented Roberto Bertaggia, Chairman of Petcore Europe.
Casper van den Dungen, PET Chairman at PRE (Plastics Recyclers Europe) and a Board member of Petcore Europe, added there is still "considerable spare recycling capacity" to enable Europe to recycle more.