P&G-led workshop to review tracing plastics for recycling

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Shahrzad Pourriahi Procter & Gamble Co. principal scientist for packaging development, Gian De Belder.

Amsterdam — Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. hosted a workshop April 4 in Brussels to study the impact of using tracer-based sorting in automatic sorting lines at plastics recycling facilities.

The cross-industry meeting was part of Cincinnati-based P&G’s commitment to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative.

The workshop, which is part of the wider P&G-led “Pioneer Project: Holy Grail,” will gather stakeholders from across the plastic packaging value chain to discuss potential use cases for tracers/markers and compare competing tracer and watermark technologies.

The event will be led by P&G’s principal scientist for packaging development, Gian De Belder at the Bluepoint conference center, Belder announced during the Plastics Recycling Show Europe in Amsterdam on March 29.

Delegates were to discuss the latest developments in tracer/watermark sorting, including finished tracer projects, active tracer/watermark projects.

Additionally, they participated in a debate on how and where tracer and watermark sorting can add value and how they can be introduced and standardized across the plastics industry to ensure uniform market take-up.

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