Guidelines for designing plastic trays for recycling issued by Plastics Recyclers Europe


Trade organisation Plastics Recyclers Europe has released its new design-for-recycling guidelines for PET trays.

One set of guidelines has been issued for clear thermoformed trays and another for coloured thermoforms and set the basic principles to create PET trays which could be treated by future plastics recycling plants dedicated to this stream.


In a statement, Plastics Recyclers Europe said: “The eco-design of PET trays is a first compulsory step to start the development of PET trays recycling. “Additionally, this waste stream of 800,000 tonnes must be collected and sorted accordingly to create a dedicated waste stream. These two actions are essential in order to create a real recycling stream for PET trays and allow this specific packaging to help reach the upcoming EU recycling targets.

“As a proactive industry, the recyclers are calling the value chain, converters, retailers, brand owners, raw material producers, to join forces to build up a PET trays platform in order to start a path to a value chain approach for PET trays similar to European PET Bottle Platform.”

View the guidance here