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Circular Packaging for Direct Food Contact Applications

Objective

CIRCULAR FoodPack aims to facilitate the circular use of plastic packaging addressing the most sensitive product category: Food packaging. This sector contains 87% of all European flexible plastic-plastic multilayer composites (MLC) due to the high requirements for food preservation and safety. However, these MLC laminates cannot be recycled by state of the art processes and thus counteract the circular use of food packaging. Recycled polymers from far less demanding mono-film waste fractions underperform and cannot be used in food packaging, mostly due to the presence of intentionally and not intentionally added substances. We will demonstrate the project results by production of high-quality recycled PE at TRL 5-6, using Sensor-Based-Specification or Tracer-Based-Sorting (TBS, SBS), deinking and thermally assisted deodorization as well as solvent-based or mechanical recycling processes. Innovative designs of recyclable and food-safe mono-material laminates will enable the re-use in high-value film applications, with upcoming food packaging marking with deinkable tracers. This allows a future circular economy of food packaging, if TBS guarantees a sorting of food grade materials. Product characterization, food contact compliance testing, LCA, LCC and business modelling will support and guide process development, upscale and design new packaging. The approach addresses the scope of the call exactly, since innovative sorting and recycling solutions are applied to novel designs being developed. That enables the re-use in the same high-value product sector by removing undesirable substances from secondary raw materials. Addressing the annual 2 Mio tonnes of European MLC food packaging, which currently hamper the recycling of 17.8 Mio tonnes of food packaging waste, the expected impact on flexible packaging and food sector is substantial. An interdisciplinary team of 4 RTOs and 10 industrial partners (5 SMEs) will finally implement the new circular economy approach.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2020-2
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 387 193,75

Participants (13)

BAYERISCHE FORSCHUNGSALLIANZ BAVARIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 330 275
Address
Prinzregentenstrasse 52
80538 Munchen
Activity type
Other
AMCOR FLEXIBLES KREUZLINGEN AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 152 000
Address
Finkernstrasse 34
8280 Kreuzlingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AMCOR FLEXIBLES TRANSPAC
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 162 000
Address
Ottergemse Steenweg Zuid 801
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 814 462,50
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 274 875
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLYSECURE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 592 853,75
Address
Sankt Georgener Strasse 19, Geb.23
79111 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KREYENBORG GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 274 187,50
Address
Messingweg 18
48308 Senden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 410 595
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOCIETE DES PRODUITS NESTLE SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 200 401
Address
Avenue Nestle 55
1800 Vevey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIEGWERK DRUCKFARBEN AG & CO KGAA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 201 875
Address
Alfred Keller Str 55
53721 Siegburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOZEPT FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 200 922,50
Address
145 Rue Guillaume Janvier Le Barcelone Bat 12
34070 Montpellier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SUEZ GROUPE
France
EU contribution
€ 261 822
Address
16 Place De L'iris Tour Cb21
92040 Paris La Defense Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 103 235
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments