Multilayer plastics consist of multiple layers of materials, such as plastic (PET, PE, PA) to aluminum. They are primarily used in packaging to enhance food safety and extend shelf life, and in agriculture for crop protection, but they pose challenges for recyclers.
A multi-stakeholder workshop hosted by EuRIC (European Recycling Industry Association) was held on November 3rd to discuss innovative solutions to overcome this social challenge. Preliminary results were presented, including more efficient sorting techniques for multi-layer plastics with digital watermarking and NIR, new decontamination and upgrade processes, and enhanced physical recycling (melting).
The workshop highlighted topics such as the future of EPR schemes and how to incentivize product design, the impact of essential recycled content in plastic products, and achieving better cooperation across the value chain.
“European recyclers are committed to tackling the challenges posed by multi-layer plastics. Innovation is key, and the EU-funded CIMPA project aims to build a truly circular and climate-neutral economy. It will enable advanced recycling for
“The first results of CIMPA have revealed very interesting results on upgrading decontamination, sorting and physical and mechanical recycling. I was.