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Test Results

The European PET Bottle Platform, whose mission is to determine the effect of new PET bottles and additives on the quality and the sustainability of the recovered PET flake for recycling, has assessed the impact of several innovations on the PET recycling stream. These assessments are based upon tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol.

Applicants must demonstrate that materials and/or components used in PET bottles can be recycled safely and economically, using existing recycling technologies and processes, by eliminating or significantly reducing materials that may impede recycling without affecting the yield or the quality of the recycled PET.

To date EPBP has considered more than 30 applications.  Many are ongoing, but there are 13 so far that have been positively assessed by the EPBP technical expert’s panel. More test results will be posted on this page as they become available.

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  • Technical Opinions

    EPBP has issued several technical opinions on new packaging solutions that have been positively assessed by the EPBP technical expert’s panel. Innovations that have been positively assessed should not cause any problems during recycling, assuming that the set conditions are met.

    • M&G Polimeri Italia S.p.A. - Poliprotect PB M&G Polimeri Italia S.p.A. - Poliprotect PB

      M&G Polimeri Italia S.p.A.’s Poliprotect PB is a barrier material. Data supplied from test carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated that processing conditions and bottle performances are not affect by high levels of Poliprotect PB, , if certain conditions are met. Residual colour is the only limiting factor.

    • CCL Label GmbH - Low density pressure sensitive labelling system (LD-PSL) CCL Label GmbH - Low density pressure sensitive labelling system (LD-PSL)

      CCL Label GmbH’s low density pressure sensitive labelling system (LD-PSL) contains a transparent as well as an opaque label solution. Both label solutions are based on a duplex laminate of LD-polyolefin films in conjunction with an acrylic based pressure sensitive adhesive. Data supplied from tests carried out in accordance to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on the colour and properties of the resulting rPET, if certain conditions are met.

    • AVERY DENNISON CleanFlake™ AVERY DENNISON CleanFlake™

      AVERY DENNISON CleanFlake™ clear polypropylene label material and adhesive contains a non-laminated as well as an over-laminated solution. Both label solutions are based on a clear 40µ polypropylene label material with a printable surface used in conjunction with a clear permanent acrylic adhesive. Data supplied from tests carried out conforming to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated minimal impact on the colour and properties of the resulting rPET, if certain conditions are met.

    • KHS Innoprint PET machine KHS Innoprint PET machine

      KHS Innoprint PET machine is designed to be run using specifically developed KHS PET inks that are low migration, UV-curable and compliant with all European guidelines. Ink specifications and print process description are in the Annex to the notice. Data supplied from tests carried out conforming to the EPBP testing protocol and from migration tests demonstrated minimal impact on the colour and properties of the resulting rPET if certain conditions are met.

    • Bio-based PET Bio-based PET

      EPBP has evaluated the effect of PET grades manufactured using monomers derived from renewable resources on the PET recycling stream. Several processes have been announced that allow the production of monomers that can be used to manufacture PET and “PET-like” polyesters starting from renewable resources like food and food scraps (corn, sugar cane, ...), biomasses and waste (wood chips, switchgrass, stalks, algae, compostable city waste, ...). Some of those processes have already reached or are close to reach industrial scale. The replacement of the traditional monomers with the ones derived from renewable resources can be either total or partial.

    • CCL Label GmbH’s Triple S, Super Stretch Sleeve CCL Label GmbH’s Triple S, Super Stretch Sleeve

      CCL Label GmbH’s Triple S, Super Stretch Sleeve, is a printed high stretch polyethylene based sleeve for the decoration of contoured PET bottles. Data supplied from tests carried out conforming to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if three specific conditions are met.

    • Kureha Corporation Kuredux Polyglycolic Acid resin (PGA) Kureha Corporation Kuredux Polyglycolic Acid resin (PGA)

      Kureha Corporation Kuredux Polyglycolic Acid resin (PGA) is a passive barrier intended for use as a middle layer in a multilayer structure at a maximum level of 5% to provide product protection and extend shelf life of beverages and foods packaged in PET. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if Kuredux Polyglycolic Acid, at a maximum concentration of 5% and as the middle layer of a 3-layer structure with no tie layers, is used in levels of up to 10% of the PET bottle market.

    • ColorMatrix Ultimate 390-1 (280-1085-1) – UV blocker technology ColorMatrix Ultimate 390-1 (280-1085-1) – UV blocker technology

      ColorMatrix Ultimate 390-1 (280-1085-1) - UV blocker technology - is intended for use at a maximum concentration of 0.15% in the manufacture of PET to provide protection against light degradation for UV sensitive food and beverages. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if the ColorMatrix UV Blocker Ultimate 390-1 (280-1085-1) at a maximum concentration of 0.15% is used in levels of up to 20% of the PET bottle market.

    • ColorMatrix HyGuard HyCat-1 (280-10120-1) - oxygen scavenger ColorMatrix HyGuard HyCat-1 (280-10120-1) - oxygen scavenger

      ColorMatrix HyGuard HyCat-1 (280-10120-1) - oxygen scavenger - is intended for use at a maximum concentration of 0.10% to provide product protection and extend shelf life of oxygen sensitive beverages and foods packaged in PET. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if ColorMatrix HyGuard HyCat-1 (280-10120-1) at a maximum concentration of 0.10% is used in levels of up to 10% of the PET bottle market.

    • ColorMatrix Ultimate 390 CC1 (280-1034-5) – UV blocker technology ColorMatrix Ultimate 390 CC1 (280-1034-5) – UV blocker technology

      ColorMatrix Ultimate 390 CC1 (280-1034-5) - UV blocker technology - is intended for use at a maximum concentration of 0.15% in the manufacture of PET to provide protection against light degradation for UV sensitive food and beverages. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated no negative impact on current European PET recycling if the ColorMatrix UV Blocker Ultimate 390 CC1 (280-1034-5) at a maximum concentration of 0.15% is used in levels of up to 12% of the PET bottle market.

    • Sidel's ActisTM Lite - coating technology Sidel's ActisTM Lite - coating technology

      Sidel's ActisTM Lite consists of a very thin carbon layer (average thickness of 60 nm), deposited in a plasma form, that completely adheres to the inner surface of the PET bottle wall. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated that processing conditions and bottle performances are not affected by high levels of Sidel ActisTM Lite coating. Residual colour is the only limiting factor above 15% market share.

    • Mitsubishi Gas Chemical - MXD6 co-injected bottles Mitsubishi Gas Chemical - MXD6 co-injected bottles

      Mitsubishi Gas Chemical MXD6 co-injected bottles consist of a thin layer of MXD6 as the middle layer of a 3-layer construction with no adhesive tie layers, with a content of approximately 5% MXD6. Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated that processing conditions and bottle performances are not affected by high levels of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical co-injected bottles. Residual colour is the only limiting factor, although the MXD6 middle layer can be partially removed (by air elutriation) from the inner and outer PET layer during the PET washing process.

    • APTAR Food+Beverage – closures containing a swimming silicone valve APTAR Food+Beverage – closures containing a swimming silicone valve

      Data supplied from tests carried out according to the EPBP testing protocol demonstrated that APTAR silicone valves floated on the washing water, and were thus removed during the sink-float step. The resultant recycled PET flakes did not contain any silicone. EPBP concludes that APTAR Food+Beverage swimming silicone valve will have no negative impact on current European PET recycling.