A consortium of European companies have launched a new project to make flexible packaging more relevant to the circular economy.
The new project, CEFLEX, has been organised by companies representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging and will endeavour to advance better system design solutions. It continues the work of the recently concluded project FIACE, which helped to quantify the added value and identify opportunities to increase recycling of flexible packaging; and REFLEX, an INNOVATE UK funded technical project focused on recycling flexible packaging in the UK.
The consortium currently has 34 stakeholders, representing all the major value chain players: Raw materials suppliers, packaging converters, brand owners and retailers, producer responsibility organisations, collectors, sorters and recyclers, as well as other technology suppliers and end users of the secondary raw materials. .
Project coordinator Graham Houlder said it was important to carry on the work of the previous programs
“The earlier studies clearly identified technical solutions for successfully sorting and recycling more than 50% of flexible packaging, using state of the art technologies. We are moving forward from this excellent work,” he said.
By 2020, the consortium expects to see more flexible packaging collected and recycled in an increasing number of European countries and more recognition of the value such packaging adds to the circular economy through measurable resource efficiency, waste prevention and recycling benefits.
CEFLEX will work towards the development of a collection, sorting and reprocessing infrastructure for post-consumer flexible packaging across Europe by 2025. This will be enabled by the development and application of robust design guidelines for both flexible packaging and the end of cycle infrastructure to collect, sort and recycle it, due for completion by 2020.
For more information about CEFLEX, please visit www.CEFLEX.eu.