Plastics Recyclers Europe working on characterization of recycled PE-LD pellets to enhance demand for recyclates
Driving quality and demand for recyclates is key to make plastic circular
Plastic Recyclers Europe and VKC-CENTEXBEL have been collaborating on the elaboration characterisation of recycled PE-LD pellets, which provides a framework for the quality assessment of the pellets. The current work aims at enhancing demand for recycled plastics by providing standardized methods to evaluate quality based on EU standards.
Testing was carried out at the polymer lab of VKC-CENTEXBEL, an expert in the field of plastic R&D. The results enabled elaborating best available techniques to determine recycled PE-LD quality. These techniques are included in the characterisation document.
"Setting a scientifically grounded benchmark for quality of recycled PE-LD pellets is the first step towards plastic circularity as conceived by the Plastic Strategy," said Ton Emans, PRE President & PE-LD Working Group Chairman. "Clear and transparent standards give greater confidence in the value of recyclates and thus enhance demand for recycled plastic. This initiative improves the transparency and credibility of recycled plastics."
Emans says PRE's aim is to drive plastic recycling progress by developing further standardization and assessment of pellets' quality for other plastic types and specific end-applications. Driving quality and demand for recyclates is key to make plastic circular.