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Similarly all recycling technologies need to be recognised to
encourage investment in innovation and significant growth of
on the ground capacity.
A second factor is the PO industry's ability and willingness
to innovate and look at circularity in all its applications. In
the packaging space we also
have to look at markets that historically were not considered,
and even in some cases have
legislation prohibiting use. For
example, PO in food contact
materials is one of the largest
applications for our materials
but use of recycled material is
largely prohibited by EU food
safety legislation. To move to a
circular economy for PO food
packaging, we need to be able
to generate and use recycled
materials that meet the vitally important safety standards
needed to ensure food is safe.
PCEP welcomes the willingness of authorities to review
this legislation at the EU level
and will work closely to see a
framework that recognises the
production of virgin quality ma-

terial from feedstock recycling
and has an efficient and effective procedure for authorising
other recycled material. PCEP
members are working now on
the first step for physically recycled PO - to establish a clear
scientific evaluation framework,
characterising the waste feedstock and ensuring the recycling technology delivers safe

in consumer behaviour. Reuse
and refill models need a lot of
exploration to understand the
logistics and environmental
footprint, and to address issues
of safety and liability. We need
to know where a circular single-use packaging may have a
better environmental impact.
We all need to look at how we
produce, market, use, collect,

When the PO industry takes
responsibility for its own
footprint, we will be the
enabler for everyone else's
transformation too.

recycled materials.
The third and perhaps most
radical factor will be adoption and expansion of reusable
packaging. This will require
radical change along the entire
packaging value chain, combined with a significant shift

sort and recycle packaging
and other products. Identifying
where, what and how reusable
packaging can contribute to a
carbon neutral circular economy will be perhaps the most
difficult - but necessary - step
on the journey.

One of the easier places to
start is reusable transport packaging, using standard formats
in pooling systems. This is why
PCEP is launching a pilot project to demonstrate the benefits
of using post-consumer recycled PO pallets instead of the
wooden ones still used along
much of our value chain.
Despite all the challenges
of the Coronavirus pandemic,
PCEP members have maintained an absolute commitment
to a circular economy as the
strategic long-term route for the
plastics industry. We are under
huge time pressure to deliver the
transformational changes needed, but fixed targets with fixed
deadlines concentrate the mind.
PCEP is about action, not
words. But transformational
change cannot happen in isolation. Industry needs support
from governments and society
at large. As the transformational industrialist Henry Ford
once said: " Coming together is
a beginning, staying together is
progress, and working together
is success. "

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