PET innovation should take recyclability into account - industry experts

15 March 2013 12:21  [Source: ICIS news]

AMSTERDAM (ICIS)--Innovation in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) must take into account recyclability, industry experts said on Friday.

“Recycling starts with design – if you design it right, you can collect it,” said Edward Kosior, managing director of polymers and recycling specialist Nextek.

“It’s got to be driven from the top all the way through [the life-cycle chain],” Kosior said at the ICIS PET Value Chain conference, which runs 14-15 March.

A lack of consideration of the downstream effect of innovation has led to an increase in contaminants in the recycling stream, he added.

“[recycling] collectors are processing faster and leaving more contaminants in. In some cases 10-15% polyethylene (PE) is left in,” Kosior said.

Kosior’s thoughts were echoed later in the day during a speech by Roberto Bertaggia, President of trade association PETCore Europe.

“We’ll need to make sure innovation is in line with recyclability,” Bertaggia said.

In another speech Claudio Mereu, Partner at legal firm Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, highlighted the importance of designing to comply with recycling legislation.

“Legislation starts with how the packaging is designed,” Mereu said.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Mark Victory
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