The main agents of the plastics production and recycling value chain in
Spain have an appointment in Valencia on May 29 and 30. The Congress Meeting
Pack 2019, organized by the technology centers AINIA and AIMPLAS, will gather
under the title ‘Trends in sustainable barrier packaging’ the most important
initiatives and projects in terms of sustainability and circular economy in
this sector. The Plastic Sense Foundation will participate as a speaker with
the aim of introducing the advances that are already being achieved in the
production and recycling of the PET food tray.
Mercedes Gómez Paniagua, general director of the Foundation, will explain
how a new crucial gear is being generated in the circular economy of the sector
through the ECOSENSE certification, which has boosted the incorporation of more
than 20.000 tons of recycled PET flake from post-industrial waste and
post-consumption of PET food tray in new trays since 2017.
Gómez Paniagua will also introduce the collaborative European project
RETRAY -Recycling and recyclability of the PET food tray-, which aims to
promote the recovery of these trays after consumption. RETRAY will respond to
the main current challenge in innovation for the sector: the adequate
channeling of the waste stream to achieve profitable and efficient recycling,
as well as ensuring the recyclability of the tray by incorporating simple eco-design
Both initiatives connect directly with the leitmotiv of Meeting Pack 2019,
which is part of the Horizon 2030 project of innovation and competitiveness.
Europe has marked that year as the limit to reach a market full of reusable or
recyclable plastic packaging, and for this the concept of circular economy,
recycling and eco-design will be key factors that will be present in this
The intervention on ECOSENSE and RETRAY in this congress will be on May 30
at 11.20 am, in a session entitled ‘Eco-design, recyclability and
certification’. See you in Valencia!