PET recycler Phoenix Technologies International LLC has received approval from Belgian authorities to use its material in food and beverage applications, its first such certification in Europe.
The Bowling Green firm has had a lot of interest in its technology because of legislative pressure to boost recycled content of packaging in Belgium, said Jean Bina, commercial operations manager.
The approval from the Belgian Ministry of Public Health allows material to be used in flake or pellet form, and is similar to approval Phoenix has in the United States, which lets the company use material from both deposit systems and curbside programs.
Phoenix also has approval from Australia, Canada and New Zealand to use its recycled PET in food applications, which is among the most sensitive end markets.
The company said it now also is offering to license its technology, which was developed by its managing partner, Plastic Technologies Inc. in Holland, Ohio.