PET is the most recycled plastic in the world.

It is the only material that can include high amounts of 100% post-consumer recycled content approved for food contact.

Countries like the UK are promoting taxes to force the use of plastics that include at least 30% of the PCR (post-consumer recycling) content by 2022.

PET is the only material that can achieve this goal, due to technologies such as chemical recycling, it can be recycled infinitely.

As PET is fully recyclable, Covinil can recycle the waste generated in the packaging process:

  • We recover 20-25% of the material that is wasted when sealing the film in the trays directly from customers.
  • We recycle and extrude this waste to make new products.
  • We promote the fully circular economy with zero waste.

If you want to know more about Covinil’s Zero Waste project, click here .

Today, PET bottles are widely recycled and used to produce new products: In 2018, 2,161 million tonnes of PET were collected for recycling. In the near future, these rates will also be achieved for PET trays.

PET trays already have a high performance in terms of recycling usage.

PET film can be recycled with oxide barriers such as AlOx without affecting the quality of the final product.

BOPET films could be recycled along with PET trays if they are not separated. Keeping the lidding film attached to the tray:

  • Additional separation costs will be reduced.
  • The entire packaging will be guaranteed to be recycled.

PET commitments

In early 2018, the European Commission launched a European strategy for plastics in a circular economy with ambitious targets for the plastics industry:

50% of plastics must be recycled by 2025
55% of plastics must be recycled by 2030
All plastics must be recyclable by 2040

New taxes are being considered for packaging with less than 30% PCR content.

PET’s commitment to the EU Commission:

PET is the best in its class. For this reason, the PET value chain unilaterally established higher objectives:

100% recycled PET packaging material to be collected

Commitment to recycle and reuse 65% of the PET packaging material collected in 2030


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