RECYCLING PLASTIC MATERIALS: A COLLECTIVE CHALLENGE!
In collaboration with ELIPSO, we welcomed Jimmy PAHUN, Deputy of the 2nd constituency of Morbihan and a member of the Sustainable Development Committee, to discuss the challenges of the circular economy and particularly the collective challenge that recycling plastic packaging represents. It is worth recalling that “post-consumer” recycling of end-of-life plastic packaging is expanding rapidly in France and in Europe. One of the vital steps is collection and sorting by resins. To achieve this, sorting plants have gradually modernised and equipped themselves with optical sorting systems using infrared light. The resins sorted from rigid packaging are PET (bottles/ flasks and pots/containers), PS (yoghurt pots/meat containers), PP (household product bottles, but particularly parts/containers), PEHD (Personal care/cleaning product bottles, milk bottles, etc.).
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2022
The extension of sorting guidelines (yellow bags) to all plastic packaging including pots and containers (originally it only included bottles) is happening gradually and it is already in place on one third of the French territory and will be fully complete by 2022 as soon as the sorting plants are modernised.
Pierre Yves Baucher, Managing Director of Plastobreiz & Plastoloir took advantage of this visit to remind everyone how practical and useful the basic features of thermoformed packaging are for food and consumer safety, i.e.: PROTECTING and PRESERVING but also their major contribution in combating food waste, which is something we are all concerned by and which is a priority in European and French policies. A tour of the site ended this highly constructive morning.