High-speed polymer detection and sorting technology on horizon


Polymark, a three-year research project funded by the European Commission, has published the preliminary technical results of the research targeted at the development of a new technology that will enable the identification and sorting of polymers, including PET, in the high-value plastics waste stream. Stakeholders from the entire PET value chain are participating in the project in which food contact chemical markers are being developed that will help the recycling industry to more effectively distinguish between food-contact and non-food contact PET, while meeting EU regulation on the use of recycled PET for food-contact applications. This will enable the high-value waste stream to be further optimized, ultimately promoting a more valuable use of these materials.
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