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TOWARDS BETTER PLASTIC PACKAGING RECYCLING

Updated: Apr 25

sus.lab/SusTec launched a project with CEFLEX consortium, funded by ClimateKic



Besides energy, plastics is one of the first industries tackling the question on how to transform an entire value chain to de-carbonize and close material loops. Creating a success case and deriving best practices would offer a much needed blueprint for action.


Packaging accounts for almost half of global polymer consumption (44.8% between 2002 and 2014). Just a minority of this amount however is fit for recycling. Flexible packaging is generally showing a lower recycling performance than other packaging. As part of a joint effort to collect information in support of a flexible packaging barrier analysis, the CEFLEX Consortium and SusTec have joined forces. To increase the recycling rate, the cross value chain consortium CEFLEX was founded, consisting of 70+ industry partners, including materials and packaging producers, consumer brands, retailers and recyclers. The consortium is working towards a 2025 goal of establishing collection, sorting and reprocessing infrastructure as well as design solutions for post-consumer flexible packaging across Europe.


​As part of the analysis, researchers will conduct interviews covering more than 25 companies as well as policymakers and regulatory agencies. The objective of the analysis is to derive technical, economic, regulatory and environmental recommendations. The project is co-funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (ClimateKic).

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