PS recycling Recycled polystyrene as food contact material: SCS seeks EFSA approval

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Belgium — The value chain initiative Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS) announced that it has filed its first application for EU authorisation of mechanically recycled polystyrene (rPS) as food contact material.

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SCS submitted an application for EU authorisation of mechanically recycled polystyrene as food contact material. (symbolic image)
SCS submitted an application for EU authorisation of mechanically recycled polystyrene as food contact material. (symbolic image)
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SCS has submitted an application for rPS as food contact material to the EFSA. The material on which the European Food Safety Authority is expected to give an opinion, covers multiple end-consumer applications, including hot and cold beverage containers, yoghurt pots and trays. It follows several successful tests. According to SCS, the challenge tests confirmed that the material complies with food grade standards through mechanical recycling. The tests, using super-cleaning technology, delivered a recycled polymer with high purity, based on post-consumer food packing waste from the separate collection in different European countries.

Jens Kathmann, Secretary-General of SCS, commented: “This is a breakthrough moment for circular styrenics, a culmination of all the positive developments of the last two years. We now have a recyclate that meets the strict and very high purity requirements for food contact materials. This confirms all the positive inherent characteristics of polystyrene, not least the polymer’s truly circular nature. The whole value chain is looking forward to a positive EFSA opinion after such a strong application, which will be the door opener for the industrial scale-up. This is only the first application to EFSA, further are to follow.”

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