Europe Targets Recycling Efforts

Companies team up address multilayer film packaging challenges

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DSM, Amsterdam, is teaming up with plastic recycling technology specialist APK, Merseburg, Germany, to develop new strategies to increase the recycling of multilayer food packaging films.The use of such films, along with packaging generally, has been increasing over the last decade. According to the Eurostat statistics body of the European Union (EU), each EU citizen produces 166.3 kg of packaging waste per year.However, while common recycling technologies can cope with many individual plastic varieties, their integration into multiple layers poses a number of problems — not least at the mechanical separation stage. So, multilayer films in post-consumer waste — a…

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