Follow the latest news of Petcore Europe. This is the second quarterly newsletter of 2019featuring news about the Petcore Europe Conference 2020, updates from our working groups, advocacy activities, the Single Use Plastics Directive and much more.

The first semester of 2019 has been a busy one for the PET industry. Next to the Petcore Europe Conference 2019 in February and policy events in the European Parliament, Petcore Europe has also been looking for solutions in its PET Thermoforms Recycling and ODR (Opaque and difficult to recycle PET) Recycling Working Groups. With successful meetings (participation of 45+ companies in each working group) the stage is now set to continue working on circular PET.

Don't miss the event of the year for the PET value chain: "Circularity and Innovation - Shaping the future of PET"

Petcore Europe is pleased to announce its annual conference in Brussels from 5-6 February 2020 in the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace.

Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe join Consortium founded by Carbios and L’Oréal to support the world’s first enzymatic technology for the recycling of plastics.

  - Key global players team up to boost recyclability of PET plastic products

  - Biological technology fundamentally changes the way PET plastic is recycled

  - Consortium aims to help make a circular plastic economy an industrial reality

During last week's Plastics Recycling Show Europe in Amsterdam, Gian De Belder, Packaging Technologist at Procter & Gamble received the "Plastics Recycling Ambassador" Award for 2019. Gian is active in many different associations working on improved recyclability and recycling. At Petcore Europe he is not only an active member of the Board of Directors since October 2017 but also the Chairman of the ODR (Opaque and difficult to recycle) PET Working Group. P&G joined Petcore Europe in 2015 as the first FMCG company (since then eight further major brands became member). Gian also runs the Holy Grail project of the New Plastics Economy initiative focusing on markers/watermarks in packaging for improved high-quality sorting and recycling.

Last week, DuPont Teijin Films announced the launch of its LuxCR™ depolymerisation process which upcycles post consumer waste into a variety of technically advanced BOPET films serving a wide range of applications and markets.  The use of recycled content is a critical part of DuPont Teijin Films’ circular economy strategy, and the upcycling of PET through the LuxCR™ process also marks an important step forward in the chemical recycling technology for the wider polyester industry.

Collection and sorting is the way forward | Petcore Europe Lunch Discussion in the European Parliament on 20 March 2019

Since 1993, the entire PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) value chain has been ready to industrially recycle PET, to an extent that the PET recycling companies have always been in overcapacity in the EU. Ambitious recycling targets have been set by the EU Plastics Strategy; to make sure that the collection and sorting will meet the recycling capacities, Petcore Europe and the Parliament Magazine organised two round table discussion in the European Parliament. During the first  one on 19 February, the PET industry shared best practices with EU policymakers, NGOs and stakeholders alike.

Follow the latest news of Petcore Europe. This is the first newsletter of 2019 featuring updates of our Petcore Europe Conference 2019, Round Table Discussions in the European Parliament and much more.

63 individual company members and six European associations work together in the European PET value chain association. Petcore Europe, the Brussels based association representing the entire PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) value chain in Europe, increases its competence by welcoming twelve new members in 2019: Bandera, IFPEN - French Institute of Petroleum Energies nouvelles, Point Plastic, AFA Dispensing, Remondis PET Recycling, CUMAPOL, RETAL Industries, PepsiCo, Mitsubishi Polyester Films, Suntory, Digimarc and Finat.

Best Practices for Harmonised Collection & Sorting | Breakfast Discussion in the European Parliament on 19 February 2019

The entire PET industry has set itself ambitious recycling targets and is committed to increase its role in the circular economyPetcore Europe and the Parliament Magazine therefore organised a breakfast discussion in the European Parliament  to present the PET industry's best practices and to bring together EU policymakers, NGOs and stakeholders alike to discuss the PET recyclers’ unused capacity. The event was kindly hosted by MEP Maria Spyraki.

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