25-02-2021 from 13:00 to 16:30
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In the framework of the CIRCOPACK-project, Pack4Food and Flanders’ FOOD would like to invite you to an online seminar on Thursday the 25th of February, 2021 in the afternoon.

CIRCOPACK zooms in on a wide range of food packaging concepts and compares them in terms of environmental impact through LCA methodology, taking into account the entire packaging chain including end-of-life options and different recycling strategies.

This seminar will tackle subjects concerning different sorting and recycling techniques for plastic and paper based food packaging materials.

Next to the lectures of two renomated research groups, the Centre for Polymer and Material Technologies (CPMT) and the Laboratory of Circular Process Engineering (LCPE) both from Ghent University, we also include presentations of companies, active in state-of-the-art techniques within sorting and/or recycling of food packaging.

The program for the afternoon is as follows:

  • Welcome and introduction by Pack4Food: Peter Ragaert
  • Sorting techniques by LCPE: Steven De Meester (at Ghent University, Laboratory for Circular Process Engineering)

Prof. Steven De Meester will present some of the state-of-the-art plastic sorting and recycling technologies. Moreover, Steven will introduce some of the latest developments within the field of plastic waste pre-treatment.

  • PreZero: Frank Schepers (Plant Manager PreZero Recycling Belgium)

Frank Schepers has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of waste to resources and general waste management. Since March 2020, he is active at PreZero Recycling Belgium BV, which is part of the PreZero Group (Germany), an international player active in waste management, Waste2Energy and recycling. As Plant Manager, Frank is responsible for the construction and organisation of the new PreZero P+MD sorting facility, which is located in Evergem, Ghent. With his extensive expertise and experience, Frank will present how PreZero Recycling Belgium and their new P+MD sorting facility play a key role in the processing of post-consumer plastic waste.

  • HolyGrail 2.0: An Vossen (Executive Manager at PLAREBEL)

The Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0 pilot project with the objective to prove the viability of digital watermarking technologies for accurate sorting and consequently higher-quality recycling, as well as the business case at large scale. Digital watermarks are imperceptible codes, the size of a postage stamp, covering the surface of a consumer goods packaging and carrying a wide range of attributes.

The aim is that once the packaging has entered into a waste sorting facility, the digital watermark can be detected and decoded by a standard high resolution camera on the sorting line, which then – based on the transferred attributes (e.g. food vs. non-food) – is able to sort the packaging in corresponding streams.

  • Q&A session (15 min)
  • Tele break (15 min)
  • Recycling techniques by CPMT: Kim Ragaert (Circular Plastics at Ghent University)

What happens to the plastic packaging fractions collected in the PMD collection system in Belgium? What are the implications of the switch to the new P+MD system? Prof. Kim Ragaert will introduce the current recycling technologies for plastic packagings focusing mainly on mechanical recycling. Furthermore, she will highlight some future developments in mechanical recycling e.g. how can we predict the quality of a recycled waste stream?

  • CEFLEX: Dana Mosora (Workstream Consultant at DANA MOSORA Consulting)

CEFLEX is a collaborative initiative representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging. By 2025, they target an established collection, sorting and reprocessing infrastructure and economy for post-consumer flexible packaging across Europe, based on end-of-life technologies and processes which deliver the best economic, technical and environmental outcome for a circular economy. Recently, CEFLEX has launched a comprehensive set of guidelines to help the flexible packaging value chain design recyclable consumer packaging solutions and accelerate a circular economy.

  • inDUfed: Willem van Veen (senior advisor on Sustainability and Food Contact)

Recycling, eco-design and sustainability of paper/cardboard packaging. How one influences the other and how a chain approach can no longer be ignored.

  • Q&A session (15 min)
  • Closure

The seminar will start the 25th of February at 1:00 p.m. sharp and the end is estimated at 4:15 p.m. Are you interested to join this seminar? Please, register before Wednesday the 24th of February by clicking on following link:

Registration form:

Participation fee:

  • CIRCOPACK-members: free
  • Members of Pack4Food, Flanders’ Food or SensNet: €75
  • Non-member companies: €100

The link to enter the seminar online will be sent in advance.

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