The circular economy: one of the cornerstones of many debates held locally, nationally and globally on the future of plastics. Making the change from a linear, ‘take, make, dispose’ economy, to a circular approach via recycling is one of the greatest challenges we face in taking responsibility for the future.
New developments and improvements in collection and sorting infrastructure will increase the mass flows of materials, allowing new opportunities for the recycling of flexible packaging. However, today’s mechanical recycling technology does not allow for more complex material to be recycled, limiting the reuse of recycled materials in applications like food packaging.
Chemical or advanced recycling can complement existing recycling technologies. Fortunately, alternative technologies are under development in the field of chemical recycling, some of which will reach greater production scales in the near future. For now, the recognition and acceptance of advanced recycling will allow more flexible packaging to be recycled, and for us to reuse these recycled materials in the same applications.
In cooperation with suppliers and with an ISCC Plus certification scheme in place, we are implementing new solutions in close partnership with our customers.