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PETRA unveils recyclability assessment model for resin packaging

The PET Resin Association (PETRA) has unveiled a recyclability assessment model that includes testing and evaluation criteria for special-use and innovative resins having a low market presence.

The company’s officials say their Recyclability & Innovation Model was designed to combine the progressive elements of existing European and North American recyclability initiatives.

PETRA executive director Ralph Vasami said they believe the PETRA Model will increase innovation and recyclability testing with focus to real-market resin performance and the evaluation of needs of producers, brand owners and recyclers.

"The PETRA Model provides a forward-looking means of assessing recyclability that integrates the need for continued innovation with stringent resin testing and monitoring to quantify potential changes in recyclability," Vasami said.

According to the company, the voluntary PETRA Model allows for testing innovations levels of 2% &10%, which encompass the vast majority of new PET resin variants. It also includes criteria for testing at the more robust levels of 25% and 50%.

PETRA is the industry association representing North American producers of PET resin.