Recycled Packaging for Food Contact,

18-19 Sep, 2019 - Brussels, BELGIUM

Novotel Brussels City Centre

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"Switching to using Recycled Plastics & mitigating risks
– what every brandowner should know"

"Developments in New Food Grade packaging materials"

"Review of regulatory developments & changes - EU perspective" 

Sustainability objectives and the drive to a circular economy is increasing demand for all recycled materials in packaging.

Kraft Heinz announced last year that it aims to make 100% of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

At the same year, Nestle committed to achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.

However - brandowners, food packaging companies, policy makers agree that meeting the goals of making packaging part of a circular economy is not easy.

Using recycled plastics – especially within food contact applications – is challenging and governed by European Commission’s published Regulation No 282/2008.

However, the regulation only applies for plastic waste which has been treated mechanically. Future amendments to the regulation is called for as chemical recycling comes into play.

Further questions remain

  • For chemical recycling - what steps are being taken to have “new” starting substances assessed. What are the end products of any chemical recycling operation that become the new starting substances and how purity is guaranteed to avoid new “NIAS” ?
  • Many packaging companies have reproach that there has been lack of clear direction from the EU - how is the EU dealing with the EFSA opinions on recycling processes?
  • How do mechanical recycling operations guarantee on an ongoing basis that the process is meeting the “standards” that allowed the process to be given a green light by EFSA  
The biggest roadblock to increasing the amount of recycled plastic for food packaging is  the poor quality of recyclates.

The European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) reported that almost 60 percent of the European plastics converting companies find it hard to get a supply of recycled plastics materials that meet their quality standards.

What could be alternative packaging materials and formats that food companies can use ? - are Bio-compostables safe for food contact ?
Attend Recycled PACKAGING for Food Contact this September in Brussels to get all your concerns clarified by the line up of authoritative panel of speakers.

Key highlights include
  • Addressing current problems and the need for harmonised, independent, regulation of all chemicals in Food Contact applications
  • Testing of Non Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS) in Plastic Food Contact Materials (FCM)
  • Safety assessment of not-identified substances leaching from  polymers, within the research project Migratox
  • Optimising rPET in packaging for food contact applications
  • Standard risk assessment analysis in ABA structures using recycled PET
  • Flexible Packaging – how regulations can impact its role in the circular economy & usage in food packaging
  • Challenges in using recycled plastic into food – Nestle perspective
  • Compostable film for food packaging made from waste crustacean shell
  • New sustainable packaging Innovations in Waitrose including our collaboration with Cuantec
  • Advanced sorting technology for separation of food grade materials including developments in rPP for food contact
  • Developing food grade quality rHDPE from OceanBound Plastics
  • UK regulatory perspective on recycled packaging/plastics for food contact
  • The recycling black plastics tray journey – how far have we come
  • New fully-recyclable solutions with improved barrier properties and new functionalities from renewable sources
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EU to use 30% recycled content in plastic bottles by 2030

Posted on : 24 Jul, 2019

European Union has directed the use of 30% recycled content in plastic bottles by 2030 - with EU member states agreeing to reach a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029.
The directive mandates the use of at least 25% recycled plastic in PET bottles by 2025, and increase this to 30% by 2030.
The target is aimed at plastic bottles that have a capacity of up to 3 litres, including caps and lids. Plastics bottles for beverages with  medicinal purpose is said to be exempted from the new target.
EU is also working to improve the collection rates of plastics waste – with targets of collecting 77% single-use plastic bottles by 2025 and 90% of bottles by 2029. Improvements in collection rates is key to use of recycled plastics in new bottles.
Several brand owners and industry organizations have committed to collect plastics waste and use recycled plastics in their packaging. This includes - Coca-Cola European Partners’ pledge to collect 100% of packaging and use 50% recycled plastic in PET bottles in Western Europe by 2025. The other cola giant - PepsiCo already uses 13% recycled plastics in its bottles and now plans to use 50% recycled plastic in its bottles across the European Union by 2030 - with an interim target of 45% by 2025.
Last year, the European Federation of Bottled Waters set a target of using an average of at least 25% rPET in plastic bottles and collect 90% of all PET bottles by 2025. The organization represents around 600 natural mineral and spring water producers.
Find out the latest on recycled packaging in EU at CMT’s Recycled Packaging for Food Contact on 18-19 September, 2019 in Brussels.
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Italy’s Parmalat uses 50% Recycled Plastics in its New Milk Bottles

Posted on : 10 Apr, 2019

As more and more European companies are committing themselves to circular economy system, Parmalat - Italy’s leading dairy and food manufacturer - has pledged to use 50% recycled plastic in its new milk bottles.
The company is expected to use 50% recycled plastics in all its blue bottles that package its brands - Parmalat Puroblu and Parmalat Zymil.
The initiative will use a 'bottle to bottle' process that will see used bottles converted into new recycled ones, saving the firm about 600 tonnes of new plastic annually.
As per a Life Cycle Assessment Analysis by the University of Parma, the new recycled bottles can help the company save about 18,000 cubic meters of water per year as well as decrease CO2 emissions by almost 1,700 tonnes.
With this initiative, Parmalat aims to address the issue of plastic waste and moving towards its goal of halving the quantity of new plastic used for its bottles.
Recycled plastics used in food containers will be discussed at CMT’s Recycled Plastics in Food Contact Materials on 18-19 Sep, 2019 in Brussels.
Please contact Hafizah at or call +65 6346 9218 for information about the conference.