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Towards a greener plastic lifecycle
Freiburg, Germany, 20 June 2017.- A new EU-funded initiative aims to transform plastic waste into a resource by developing a more sustainable, re-usable form of packaging. Launched in May, the project will support market uptake of the new packaging, promoting a transition to a circular economy.
CIRC-PACK (Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain) will create, test and validate alternative bio-based and recyclable (including biodegradable or compostable) plastics for the manufacturing of trays, bottles, coffee capsules, jars, films and pallets, and new types of multilayer and multimaterial packaging. It is also expected to improve the recycling rates of the automotive and hygiene product industries, and increase the amount of recycled materials in products such as car parts, sanitary towels and nappies.
Aitana Saez, Project Coordinator, said: “Through the improvement of product materials, design and end-of-life disposal, the project will bring considerable technological, environmental, economic and social benefits, such as contributing to greater resource efficiency and generating new job opportunities, in line with EU strategic objectives. The establishment of synergies with similar projects will be essential to attaining the expected results.”
CIRC-PACK will run over three years and results will be openly accessible via the project website (to be released in October 2017).
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 730423.
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