31, the Plastic Sense Foundation has
joined the Circular
Plastics Alliance (CPA), an initiative of the European Commission to
increase the volume of recycled plastic in the European market. The Foundation
joins the 188 entities that have already signed the Alliance statement.
initiative was launched by the Commission on December 2018 and it aims to
increase the amount of recycled plastic within the Euroepan market to 10
million tonnes in 2025, compared to 3.8 million tonnes registered in 2016.
Sense Foundation is fully aligned with this objective. Its main task is to
promote the use and recycling of the thermoformed PET tray in Europe,
guaranteeing, through the ECOSENSE
certification, the transparency and traceability of the incorporation of
transparent PET flake from recycling processes of monolayer and/or multilayer post-waste from of industrial and
post-consumer sources in the manufacture of new trays.
purpose is to guarantee the upcycling of the PET tray, maximizing
the circularity of the packaging. For this, the Foundation has also published the
Guidelines for thermoformed PET trays, developed in the framework of
the RETRAY project. RETRAY is a new voluntary certification program for
food packers with the double objective of verifying the amount of recycled
material incorporated in the packaging and its recyclability.
Foundation has pledged to take part in the CPA’s Packaging Working Group to
help achieve the established objectives, through the following lines of action:
(1) the review and update of its Recyclability Guidelines, (2) the definition
of Technical Specifications to improve sorting and quality of the PET tray at
the facilities of PET bottle recyclers, (3) the boost and maintenance of the
ECOSENSE certification and the RETRAY certification for the promotion of the
use of recycled plastic within the PET thermoformed tray sector.