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Upcycling bio-plastic of food & drink packaging

The session will count on the participation of three EU-funded initiatives working on bio-based packaging: UPLIFT, upPE-T, and PRESERVE.

Aalborg (Denmark), September 1st – UPLIFT, upPE-T and, PRESERVE are organising an
online joint workshop, Upcycling bio-plastic of food & drink packaging, to be held on
20 October 2021.

The three initiatives are EU-funded projects under the European
Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

During the session, they will present their work to transform food and drink packaging into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value, ensuring that microplastics are avoided.

The aim of this event is to build a high-level meeting point for stakeholders across Europe to showcase initiatives and solutions for the food industry packaging that cannot be recycled.

The workshop will be divided into three parts: during the first one, the workshop will count on different short talks to frame the European bio-plastic sector, while the second block will showcase the objectives, methodologies, impacts, and expected results of each project.

Finally, an open discussion will be conducted regarding the importance of clustering.

Plastics used in food and drink packaging applications are made from a range of polymers and are highly combined with specific additives to meet each manufacturer’s functional and design requirements.

This diversity can complicate the recycling process, make it more costly, and affect the quality and value of recycled plastic. Given this, there is a need to develop technological improvements in the sense of better manufacturing and processing practices for these plastic materials to facilitate proper waste management.

Developing upcycling technologies will allow sustainable recycling or biological degradation in accordance with existing and novel technologies, standards, and certification schemes.

  • innovation | research policy
  • Online only
  • Live streaming available
  • External event

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