Polymark : EU Project

Polymark is a three-year research project funded by the European Commission with the aim of developing a new technology that will enable the identification and sorting of polymers, including PET, in the high-value plastics waste stream.

Background

PET is one of brand owners’ packaging materials of choice due to its outstanding performance in safely delivering products to consumers, its 100% recyclability and re-use capabilities.
Polymark aims to maximise the value from recycling and the re-use of this valuable resource, while meeting EU rules on the re-use of food contact and non-food contact PET.  The technology we are developing will successfully distinguish between food contact and non-food contact plastics, aiming to further optimise the high-value waste stream and ultimately increase a more valuable use of these materials.

Objectives

Developing a range of marker substances to encode information regarding the properties and structure of plastic packaging, and to embed theses markers in the polymer.

Develop an identification system that can detect the markers and decode the information in order to subsequently separate the waste plastic packaging by mechanical means.

For more information, please visit : www.polymark.org

by PEAK Sourcing