RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT / SUPERCLEANING PROCESS
100% RPET: SAFE & SUSTAINABLE
Upholding its philosophy, Infia has concluded an authorisation process for its "Supercleaning Process" with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The approval enables the company to use its RECYC077 registered recycling process, ensuring that its material is 100% recycled, safe and sustainable.
IT IS SAFE BECAUSE
- it has been approved and meets EFSA guidelines (Scientific Opinion EFSA Journal 2011; 9 (7):2184. (1)
- it is produced and controlled internally with advanced systems and technologies.
- it is accredited by Infia's thirty years of experience working with PET.
IT IS SUSTAINABLE BECAUSE:
- Recycling prevents plastics from ending up in dumps or the incinerator when they reach the end of their life-cycle; it brings benefits in terms of reduced greenhouse gas emissions and use of raw materials (2).
- According to the European Commission guidelines concerning waste management, recycling is third on the list of community objectives for proper management of post-consumer packaging, right after reducing and reusing waste. This shows the general approach to take for minimising the quantity produced and maximising recycling of materials and energy so as to obtain the best overall result for the environment (3).
- It replaces virgin plastics preventing environmental impacts tied to extraction and refining (4).
SCALES OF RECOVERY
SHEET IN R -PET
PRODUCT 100 % R -PET
Regulations in Italy:
- Use of recycled PET for direct food contact (5) is permitted according to stringent requirements imposed by the EFSA.
- The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has established requirements for using R-PET for direct food contact. The RECYC077 supercleaning process utilised by Infia has been approved for this purpose. Through the enforcement of Regulation No. 282/2008/EC the requirements are made uniform throughout the different Member States of the European Community.
- Through the No Objection Letter for Recycled Plastics #144, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has evaluated the supercleaning process utilised by Infia as able to produce recycled PET suitable for direct food contact.
2) GREEN PAPER On a European Strategy on Plastic Waste in the Environment, European Commission, Brussels, 7.3.2013.
3) DIRECTIVE 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 19 November 2008 on waste.
4) Study on an increased mechanical recycling target for plastic – Final Report – Plastic Recyclers Europe 30 August 2013.
5) Decree 134 of 20 September 2013