Wrap: Improving food grade rPET quality for use in UK packaging - free report

22 August 2013

Recycling of PET bottle packaging represents one of the most successful and widespread examples of plastic packaging recycling in the UK, the EU and globally. The growth in collection and reprocessing of PET bottles in the UK has been increasing significantly over the last 10 years and this has been accompanied by significant investment in plastic recovery facilities (PRFs) and food grade recycled PET (rPET) reprocessing.
Through engagement with users of rPET in plastic packaging, WRAP has identified that cases of poor rPET quality are limiting the amount rPET that can be used in new food packaging. Often smaller ratios of rPET are being used than the industry would like (around 20-30% in bottles).
The purpose of this study was to identify the main factors influencing the quality of rPET being processed in the UK, to identify the root causes and make specific recommendations for the packaging supply chain on actions to improve the quality of food grade rPET.
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