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 micro-plastics 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.
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UPLIFT has received €7,5 million funding from European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 953073.
upPE-T has received €7,8 million funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 953214.
Preserve has received €7,9 million funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 952983.