The files listed on this download page provide more information about EPBP’s activities and correspond to recent EPBP publications. A brief summary of each category is provided below so that you can easily download the files most appropriate for you!
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Download the presentation below for an overview of EPBP’s goals, members and test protocols with the objective to measure the impact of new PET bottle innovations on PET recycling processes.
Application for Technical Assessment
The Assessment Process document explains the general rules, the different steps and tools used during the test procedure. Fill in the application form if you wish to apply for an evaluation of a new PET bottle innovation by our EPBP experts.
EPBP has developed a test protocol for testing new PET bottle innovations. This protocol focuses on testing specific properties of R-PET that may be affected due to the presence of non-PET components in the PET recycling stream. A full version of the test protocol is available for the Accredited Laboratories. To find out which testing laboratories have been accredited by EPBP, click here.
EPBP protocol - website version
Update September 2017 --- EPBP has amended the PET Recycling Test Protocol in September 2017, including (but not limited to) a more detailed description of the Accumulation Factor and the Maximum Allowable Market penetration (see figure 1a and 1b on page 4), an updated list of approved virgin PET resins to be used as reference (see Table 3 on page 7), and a introduction of the mass balance calculation (see page 8).
- EPBP protocol - website version
EPBP has developed a series of rapid and low-cost techniques for the quick assessment of PET bottles. The quick tests can be easily executed at in-house laboratory facilities. The results of the quick tests are purely indicative.
QT 500 - Oven Test
This test protocol is designed to provide guidance on impurities, additives, coatings or glues that discolour during a heating step at 220 °C. Combinations of PET with other material types that discolour during thermal treatment should be avoided.
QT 502 - Sink Float separation (Updated Jan. 2019)
This test protocol is desigSed to provide guidance on the efficiency of the sink float separation step which is used to separate light, floating components (such as caps and labels) from heavy, sunk components (such as ground PET bottles). Combinations of PET with other material types that sink in water should be avoided.
QT 504 - Glue Separation
This test protocol is designed to provide guidance on the removability of adhesives on PET bottles during the recycling process. Label adhesives that leave remnants of the label and / or adhesive should be avoided.
QT 507 - Label Bleeding
This test protocol is designed to provide guidance on the staining of the ink and/or the adhesives on PET bottles during the recycling process. Inks and label adhesives that leave remnants of the ink, label and/or adhesive should be avoided.
QT 508 - Pressure Sensitive Labels (NEW)
The test protocol is designed to evaluate pressure sensitive labels by providing guidance on the behaviour of the adhesive during the recycling process. The label should detach from the bottle and float and the adhesive layer should remain on the label, with a minimal amount dissolved in the caustic wash and with no adhesive remaining on the washed PET flake. This test protocol is meant to be carried out in combination with an oven test (see EPBP QT500).
- QT 500 - Oven Test