Coalition Food2Food 2.0 opens in the Netherlands

The coalition aims to solve the plastic problem

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Coalition Food2Food 2.0 recently opened up and joined forces for the circular use of plastic food packaging
Coalition Food2Food 2.0 recently opened up and joined forces for the circular use of plastic food packaging

On 3 December, the ‘Coalition Food2Food 2.0’ kick-off meeting took place. This coalition includes more than 30 supply chain partners committed to the circular use of plastic. The focus is on an industrial test of CurvCode, a Dutch innovation for separating plastics from waste streams. Efficient sorting is important for the transition to a circular plastic chain.

The operational and financial effects of transitioning to a circular plastic chain are also investigated. Concrete details on how this new technique can grow towards market acceptance and commercial applications will work out. The coalition wants to make a tangible contribution to solving the plastic problem.

Recycling single-use food packaging is an urgent social problem. These packaging materials 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 strict requirements for food packaging. The use of recycled plastic to produce plastic food packaging requires approval from EFSA. Recycled plastic must comply with quality standards. High-quality sorting is an important condition to meet EFSA requirements.

Plastic Pact NL asked the project group ‘Food2Food’ in 2019 to investigate which technologies are suitable to efficiently separate plastics from waste streams. In doing so, it was determined that the digital watermark CurvCode has a lot of 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 under 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 five national ‘Moonshot’ breakthrough projects supported annually by the Acceleration House. Het Versnellingshuis (‘Accelaration House’) is a partnership of VNO-NCW, MKB-Nederland, the ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, MVO Nederland and Het Groene Brein (‘Green Brain’).

Participating parties are 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.

 

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