Fostering a circular economy for multi-layer packaging

Considering that by 2030 all packaging must be recyclable or reusable in Europe, what steps can the industry take to accelerate the circularity of multi-layer plastic packaging? Terminus Industrial Workshop, which will be held at Clermont Auvergne INP (Etablissement public d’enseignement supérieur et pôle d’ingénierie de l’Université Clermont Auvergne) on 12-13 April, will try to answer this question. The event is organized by Terminus, a consortium funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020.

The workshop aims at unlocking the recycling challenge for multi-layer and multi-material packaging with the use of enzyme-containing adhesives and tie-layers, which would enable for the separation of different layers upon triggering. The different materials can then be processed via conventional recycling routes.

At the event, the consortium partners will illustrate the innovative results obtained throughout the project and portray the means of integrating Terminus into conventional waste management infrastructures. The programme will be complemented with insights from other initiatives and stakeholders working on advancing the circularity of plastic used in this sector.

During the two-day event, dedicated sessions on multi-layer delamination, plastic recycling, circular economy and digitalization are included, providing a holistic overview of the efforts taken across the value chain. The attendees will also have an opportunity to visit the facilities at Clermont Auvergne INP, together with the exhibition of posters.