Petcore Europe Special Industry Group
enhancing the circularity of PET
What our members say
Head of bp Infinia,
“bp is committed to fully developing and commercialising our Infinia technology. We have long experience and a proven track record of scaling technology and we firmly believe that this innovation can ultimately contribute to making all types of polyester waste infinitely recyclable and take us a step closer to a circular economy for plastics. But we know that we cannot create circularity on our own and that’s why we’re excited to join the Special Industry Group as we believe that together we can make a positive difference.”
About the Special Industry Group
The European Parliament has endorsed the work made by the European Commission in making the plastics industry more circular from a predominantly linear business model. It has become incumbent on the plastic industry to metamorphose into an industry that reduces its impact on the environment, basically reducing the use of finite feedstock, impact on greenhouse gases, and waste to nature. PET is a significant polymer (plastic) that is used mainly in the packaging and textile sector.
Mechanical recycling of PET has been the pace setter for many years, presenting PET as a most suitable recyclable material, however advancements in packaging and wider use of PET has led to more complexity of recovery after use. The advent of monomers from post-consumer PET has also been around for years, but not commercially and technically available at scale. Due to the interest to develop more circularity of the PET value chain, monomer recycling of PET becomes feasible and is gaining momentum.
Petcore Europe, the industry organization representing the whole PET value chain, has established a focal “Special Industry Group” to establish a strong and sustainable value chain in the development of re-using the monomers from PET waste. The mission of this group is to facilitate a platform to position PET monomer recycling as a viable addition to the established mechanical recycling process, enhancing further the circularity of PET. This platform will use the networking and outreach of the Petcore Organization to interact with legislators, regulators, NGOs and other stakeholders to ensure chemical recycling of PET is an acceptable business and fulfills the future requirements of business environment. The Group will work to ensure health and safety aspects as well as product acceptance is achieved.
PET Monomer Recycling
PET Monomer Recycling is innovative. It opens a completely new perspective on how to deal with the concerns about plastics and plastic waste. Bringing the PET bottles and food containers as well as polyester textiles back to its constituents, monomers or low molecular weight components that allow purification means in principle endless re-use of these PET building blocks. This will improve the circularity of PET since colours, additives and other polymers in multi-layer constructions will be from now on fully recyclable.
PET Monomer Recycling is solving the waste problem by giving all PET waste value. After all efforts from consumers and by the industry to collect and sort the plastic, we can give a guarantee that PET is recycled and does not leave the circle to incineration or landfill.
PET Monomer Recycling has the potential to increase the quantity of available recycled PET and complement the existing mechanical recycling capacities.
PET Monomer Recycling increases Recyclability
Recyclability for all PET packaging - no stop to innovation.
Introduction of Monomer Recycling will make all PET packaging recyclable.
Colors, opaque bottles, scavengers, multi-layers, printings, etc., all packaging can be recycled.
Closing the loop by creating recycled,
virgin-like raw material
Decreasing the CO2 footprint introducing recycled monomers
Difficult to recycle material - moving from landfill and energy recovery to infinite recycling