Recycling of multilayer packaging – Views and tips from a raw material supplier

The debate about sustainable packaging is heating up. What are the best choices? Which concepts are the most sustainable and why? In many cases the obvious choice turns out to be more harmful to the environment than the less obvious choice.

As supplier of raw materials for multilayer barrier packaging, but also additives for reccyling of (mixed) plastic waste, we have a quite good view of possibilities to deal with packaging waste in a sustainable waste.

We have conducted a study of dozens of combinations of mixed plastic streams which can be successfully recycled into usable materials for numerous applications. Recycling back into food packaging applications is still a challenge which will be briefly discussed also.

A presentation by Wouter van den Berg, Yparex.

A view from the speaker

Question 1: What drives you?
We firmly belive that plastic raw materials play a vital part in making our way of living more sustainable, provided we make the right choices and legislation relies on facts, rather than emotions. We want to help our downstream partners in developing the right processes and products for the most sustainable solutions.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your session?
I plan to give an overview of pros and cons of plastic packaging, as well as the state of the art wrt end-of-life of these products

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
It is clear that recycling is a necessary ingredient of a circular economy. And all ways of recycling are on the table, none are to be excluded: mechanical, solution, chemical.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Without recycling there is no way we can reach the environmental targets that come from the EU, GDG, and subsequent legislation

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
We already see that in Europe, individual countries take a different stance wrt their sustainability goals. This limits trade between countries and drives costs up. This is not the desirable route. It is very important that we tailor legislation about transport of waste to make efficient recycling possible.

About Wouter van den Berg
Dr. Wouter van den Berg received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Nijmegen in 1996. He joined DSM, to work in a number of roles from Research Scientist, to Business Development Manager, Project Manager of the Carpet Recycling Project and finally Product Manager of the Yparex™ product line. In 2011, this product line was bought by what is now The Compound Company, a world-class European manufacturer of specialty compounds, tie resins, coupling agents and compatibilizers, supplying a global industry. Dr. van den Berg is currently the General Manager of the Yparex™ business unit of The Compound Company.

About Yparex BV
Yparex B.V. is a leading European supplier of extrudable tie-layer resins for a variety of high-tech applications, including multilayer barrier packaging film, medical film, multilayer pipe, architectural wall cladding, and wire & cable. Combining outstanding technical support, fast response times, innovative approaches to resin chemistry, and co-development opportunities, the company is an ideal partner for those seeking more efficient methods to bond dissimilar materials together across large surfaces. For more information, see http://www.yparex.com/

Wouter van den Berg is speaker at the 2022 edition of Packaging Design 4 Sustainability Conference.

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