The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) and RecyClass are to collaborate on improving the quality of food contact rPET to be used in bottles.
Both organisations promote quality and have decided to work together following the introduction of an EU mandatory target of 25% recycled plastics in PET bottles by 2025.
Within this partnership, EPBP will be responsible for the governance development and update of the testing protocols for rPET for bottles.
While RecyClass will be in charge of execution and validation of the analysis of the standard package based on EPBP guidelines and protocols. This will include, among others, running standard testing, ensuring impartiality and the highest quality of tests.
EPBP board member representing Natural Mineral Waters Europe Philippe Diercxsens said: “Working together to safeguard food contact rPET with the highest quality in a bottle-to-bottle closed loop will be a key enabler for the industry towards its commitments.”
RecyClass is a cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability and to establish a harmonised approach towards recycled content calculation and its traceability in Europe.
EPBP is a voluntary industry initiative that provide PET bottle design guidelines for recycling and circularity, evaluates bottle packaging solutions and technologies, and facilitates understanding of the effects of new PET bottle innovations on recycling process and circular economy.