Gain an insight in this EU-funded project for a new technology enabling the identification and sorting of polymers, including PET, in the high-value plastics waste stream:
On 15 March, Petcore Europe and the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) - on behalf of the Polymark consortium - invited to a Workshop & Training in Brussels as part of the EU funded project deliverables. More than 80 experts from the PET value chain, brand owners and researchers gained an insight into this European project that has developed a new technology enabling the identification and sorting of polymers, focusing on PET as a start, in the high-value plastics waste stream. Read more...
“We believe that sensor-based sorting technologies hold a key to enabling circular economy for plastics, providing high-grade sorting and boosting recycling quality and yield. Aside from the technical progress made during the Polymark project, we have seen how the entire value chain has embraced marker-based sorting as a crucial next step in improving plastics recycling"
- An Vossen, EPRO
Three technical presentations explained the project development and achievements:
All training presentations are available in our result section here:
The new publication of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation "The new plastics economy - rethinking the future of plastics" is reporting about the Polymark project. This EU-funded project is a three-year research project funded by the European Commission with the aim of developing a new technology that will enable the identification and sorting of polymers, including PET, in the high-value plastics waste stream.
"Concrete and game-changing steps have to be taken for us to achieve the future we want anchored in the SDGs. I therefore welcome wholeheartedly the bold ideas, ambitious objectives and comprehensive action plan presented in this report. If implemented, it could make an important contribution to transforming this important sector of the global economy." H. E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly for the 70th session
The report is the result of a three-year effort led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum and supported by McKinsey & Company, and was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
To view the report, please click here. For Polymark, have a look at pages 36 and 57.
(World Economic Forum, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey & Company, The New Plastics Economy – Rethinking the future of plastics, 2016, http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications)
The Polymark Consortium has published its preliminary technical results outlining the successful development of food-contact approved chemical markers, a marking technique of the targeted packaging and a detection technology suitable for high speed sorting.
A presentation on the preliminary technical results will be given during the Petcore Europe Conference on 23 February 2016 in Brussels.
Polymark is a three-year research project funded by the European Commission which has developed a new technology that enables the identification and sorting of polymers, including PET, in the high-value plastics waste stream.
PET is one of brand owners’ packaging materials of choice due to its outstanding performance in safely delivering products to consumers, its 100% recyclability and re-use capabilities.
Polymark aims to maximise the value from recycling and the re-use of this valuable resource, while meeting EU rules on the re-use of food contact and non-food contact PET. The technology that has been developed successfully distinguishes between food-contact plastics and non-food contact plastics in order to further optimise the high-value waste stream and ultimately increase a more valuable use of these materials.
For more information, please have a look at our Polymark brochure.
This project (FP7-SME-2012_POLYMARK-311777) has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research for the benefit of specific groups under grant agreement n° 311777.
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