The best practices for the PET industry in the circular economy

Petcore Europe, in association with the Parliament Magazine, are holding an event on the PET industry’s role in the circular economy, which will be hosted by Parliamentary member Maria Spyraki and will take place in the European Parliament in February.

PET is a strong buy lightweight form of polyester. It is used to make containers for soft drinks, juices, drinks, water, edible oil, fresh food and diary, as well as household cleaners and other non-food applications.

PET bottles and food containers, such as sheets and trays are perfectly recyclable, while they help to reduce CO2 emissions and food waste. The entire PET industry has set itself ambitious targets and is committed to increase its role in the circular economy.

While it set itself the objective to recycle 100 per cent of all collected PET packaging material by 2030, this commitment is undermined by proposed reduction targets for PET food containers in the Single Use Plastics Directive.

European PET recyclers currently lack material to reprocess, to an extent that there is an unused capacity of 296,400 tonnes, which can be caused by numerous reasons, one of them being the quality of the collected PET. Moreover, insufficient quantity of collection can be observed – a lack of 115,000 tonnes in 2017. Increased collection and sorting of PET bottles and trays would therefore ensure sustainability and circularity of plastics.

The discussion will present the PET industry best practices and aims to bring together EU policymakers, NGOs and stakeholders alike to discuss the PET recyclers’ annual overcapacity of 180,000 tonnes.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Maria Spyraki MEM, EPP, Greece
  • Theresa Griffin MEP, S&D, UK
  • Christian Crepet, executive director, Petcore Europe
  • Gian De Belder, principal scientist sustainable packaging development, P&G
  • Patricia Fosselard, secretary general, European Federation of Bottled Waters