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3rd webinar: From recycling towards reuse - shifting models for the future

Date: June 13, 2023 - 15:00 - 16:30 (CET) Location: online Organizer: FitNESS 2.0 Project

Presentation slides, as well as recordings of all talks, are available here.

Recent regulations and shifting consumer expectations are challenging the current food packaging system and pushing us toward more sustainable business models. According to the EU Plastics Strategy, all plastic packaging must be designed to be recyclable or reusable by 2030. Many countries are already transposing this objective through laws from 2023 onwards, including the French AGEC law that aims to reuse 10% of packaging by 2027 and require supermarkets by 2030 to dedicate at least 20% of their sales areas to sales of loose goods. In Germany, the Packaging Act (VerpackG 2019) stipulates that by 2023, restaurants, bistros & cafes offering take-away food & drinks have to use reusable packaging. The upcoming EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation also stipulates European requirements for increasing reuse.

For stakeholders, it can be complex to keep track of these changes and understand where the market is today. In this context, this webinar will take stock of the regulatory aspects and current practices of reuse in Europe, washing technologies, and associated risks, as well as the perspectives of retailers and consumers with regard to the purchase of food products in reusable packaging. It will also share how the free training materials being developed by the FitNESS 2.0 project will help current and future packaging practitioners be prepared for the pending shift toward reuse.

Talks (including presentation slides & recordings)

15:00 – 15:10 - Introduction to the FitNESS 2.0 project (Gemma Cornuau, Actia) | Presentation slides

15:10 – 15:25 - Reusable food packaging in Europe: Regulations, practices, and outlook (Justin Boucher, Food Packaging Forum) | Presentation slides

15:25 – 15:45 - Washing aspects of reusable food packaging including risk assessment of food contact materials (Eleonore Blondeau, Eternity Systems) | Presentation slides

15:45 – 16:05 - R3Pack: a European project to implement reuse on a large scale (Antoine Covillers, (Re)set) | Presentation slides

16:05 – 16:15 - Presentation of the FitNESS 2.0 platform (Steward Ouadi, AgroParisTech) | Presentation slides

16:15 – 16:30 - Exchange with participants


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