A new EU-funded initiative aims to transform plastic waste into a resource by developing a more sustainable, re-usable form of packaging. CIRC-PACK (Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain) will create, test and validate alternative bio-based and recyclable (including biodegradable or compostable) plastics for the manufacturing of trays, bottles, coffee capsules, jars, films and pallets, and new types of multilayer and multimaterial packaging.
A 22-partner consortium led by the Zaragoza-based Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE)is running the project. The CIRC-PACK team will carry out three large-scale demonstrations through an eco-innovative approach that will involve actors across the whole value chain, including consumers, plastic suppliers, converters and retailers, as well as those responsible for waste recovery.
Launched in May, the project will support market uptake of the new packaging, promoting a transition to a circular economy. CIRC-PACK will last three years.
For more information, read the press release.