Creating circular food-grade recycled polypropylene from post-consumer packaging


Consortium Approach




Multi-client project

“We have the fundamental technologies needed to complete the loop with food-grade recycled polypropylene and we have a huge task ahead. We can’t ignore the imperatives of tackling waste today. There’s no excuse for waiting.”
Prof. Edward Kosior

Managing Director , Nextek

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Current challenges facing the industry

When it comes to food grade rPP there are processes that meet EFSA and USFDA requirements but do not have EFSA approval. What is key in this area is separation of prior food use materials.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) requires the infeed material to have previously been used with food. This is due to the fact that up until now, the major barrier to increasing recycled content has been recyclers inability to mechanically differentiate between PP bottles that once contained chemical products from those containing food.

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