Tray rPET vs bottle rPET
In today’s production of rigid PET trays, there is a heavy reliance on the use of raw material from recycled PET bottles. However, when this material is used as content in the food packaging industry, it can be considered a form of downcycling as it breaks the bottle-to-bottle recycling loop. To prevent this, the food packaging industry should aim at establishing a closed loop for food packaging, where post-consumer products become material input for new products. At Cirrec, we have the technology and system to make this happen.
From virgin materials to PCR content
Over the last decade, the PET market has evolved significantly going from virgin material to post-consumer recycled content. Within the packaging industry, recycled bottle flakes have been an important input resource. This is about to change. With the Extended Producer Responsibility, the European bottle industry is obliged to implement 25% recycled content by 2025 and 30% by 2030. This will be a game changer in the European circular economy – and will automatically cause a shortfall in supply of recycled PET material from bottle. Tray-to-tray recycling will ensure an additional circular outlet for the valuable PET material.