Workshop Design for Recyclability - A key to reach the recycling targets
On October 6, Plastics Recyclers Europe organized the Workshop Design for Recyclability - A key to reach the recycling targets at the Vleva Conference Centre in Brussels. The workshop featured a common introduction to the event and a key note speech from DG Environment. Afterwards, 4 breakout sessions took place:
- PET Bottes/ Sheets
- HDPE Bottles
- LDPE Sheets
- Pots, Tubs & Trays
The workshop sold out weeks in advance, with over 70 people registered. Among the participants were the representatives of Danone, P&G, Total, Borealis, Leiden University and SUEZ, to name a few.
Design plays an important role when recycling a package. Recycling of plastic packaging does not begin with collection but design. Careless design often leads to leftover residue in emptied packages. Ill-prepared combinations of polymers and materials in packaging can create incompatibilities with efficient recycling processes. During the workshop, participants gained an insight into the impact of packaging design on recyclability. Other topics such as collection, sorting & different recycling processes were also discussed.