On Friday, December 3, the kick-off meeting of the "Coalition Food2Food 2.0" took place. This coalition includes more than 30 chain partners committed to the circular use of plastics. The focus is on an industrial test of CurvCode, a Dutch innovation for separating plastics from waste streams. Efficient sorting is important for transition to a circular plastic chain.
The operational and financial effects of transitioning to a circular plastic chain are also examined. Concrete details are being worked out on how this new technique can progress to market acceptance and commercial applications. The coalition wants to make a tangible contribution to solving the plastic problem.
Recycling of single-use food packaging is an urgent social problem. These packages represent approximately 40% of the plastic volume in the Netherlands and are almost entirely produced from fossil raw materials (oil). Reuse leads to less CO2 emissions.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has stringent requirements for food packaging. Use of recycled plastic for reuse of plastic food packaging requires approval from EFSA. For this, recycled plastic must meet quality standards. High-quality sorting is an important condition for meeting EFSA requirements.
In 2019, Plastic Pact NL asked the "Food2Food" project group to investigate which technologies are suitable for efficiently sorting plastics from waste streams. In doing so, it was determined that the digital watermark CurvCode has great potential. CurvCode is a digital watermark developed by technology company FiliGrade based in Eindhoven.
During the test program, the operation of CurvCode will be validated in industrial conditions. Completion of the test program is expected in the second quarter of 2022. Proposals for commercial introduction should also be ready by then.
The project is one of 5 national 'Moonshot' breakthrough projects supported annually by the 'Versnellingshuis'. The 'Versnellingshuis' is a partnership of VNO-NCW, MKB-Nederland, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, MVO Nederland and the Groene Brein.
The project is led by an independent project leader, Prof.dr.ir. Roland ten Klooster.
We would like to invite other market participants to participate in this coalition, registration is possible until December 31, 2021.
Participating parties: Avery Dennison, Bordex Packaging, Bliston Packaging, Bond Seafood, Cumapol/Cure, Dijkstra Plastics, FiliGrade Sustainable Watermarks, FrieslandCampina, Guillin, Haval, Hordijk Verpakkingen, Indorama/Wellman Recycling, Jumbo, Klöckner Pentaplast, Kornelis Caps and Closures, Meulendijks Packaging, Multivac, NNZ, Oerlemans Packaging Group, Paardekooper, Plato Product Consultants / University of Twente, Signature Foods, SPAR, Terbeke, TNO-Brightlands Material Center, Unilever, Veolia, Verstappen Advanced Packaging, Wageningen University & Research.