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EU Design Guidance: Rigid PET (PRE)

EU Design Guidance Summary: Rigid PET
Criterion YES - FULL COMPATIBILITY CONDITIONAL - LIMITED COMPATIBILITY NO - LOW COMPATIBILITY
General Info: Clear and Colored PET bottles have slightly different standards with PET trays shown as below
EVOH % in Resin Clear bottle: None
Colored bottle: N/A
Clear bottle: N/A
Colored bottle: EVOH multilayer with <3 wt%; EVOH and no tie layers;
Clear bottle: EVOH Colored bottle: EVOH multilayer with >3wt%; EVOH with tie layers
Barrier Layers or Fillers
(other than EVOH)
Clear bottle: SiOx plasma coating
Colored bottle: SiOx coating; Carbon plasma-coating; PA multilayer with <5wt% PA and no tie layers; PTN alloy.
Clear trays: PET based oxygen scavenger without yellowing effect after EPBP oven test.
Clear and colored bottle: Carbon plasma-coating; PA multilayer with <5wt% PA and no tie layers; PGA multilayer; PTN alloy.
Clear trays: PET based oxygen scavenger with limited yellowing effect after EPBP oven test.
Clear and colored bottle: PA multilayer with >5wt% PA or tie layers; Monolayer PA blend;
Clear trays: PA;
any other barrier; any other oxygen scavenger.
Label or Sleeve Material and Surface Area Clear and colored bottle: PE; PP; OPP; EPS; foamed PET; LDPET(only for sleeves) (all with density <1 g/cm³)
containers > 500 ml: < 70% coverage of surface
containers ≤ 500 ml: < 50% coverage of surface
Clear trays: PE; PP; OPP (all with density <1 g/cm³)
< 30% coverage of surface
Clear and colored bottle: Lightly metallized labels; Paper labels without fiber losses.
Full sleeves translucent for IR detection in PE; PP; OPP; EPS; foamed PET; LDPET; all with density <1 g/cm³
Clear trays: BPA-free paper labels without fiber loss during recycling process
Clear and colored bottle: Labels or sleeves which hinder the recognition of the underlaying PET-polymer (e.g. too large, metalised, heavily inked);
Labels or sleeves with density >1 g/cm³ (e.g. PVC; PS; PET; PETG; PLA)
Metallized labels; Non-detaching or welded labels; Paper labels with fiberloss;
Foamed PETG labels or sleeves (even with density <1 g/cm³)
PET labels or sleeves with washable inks
Clear trays: Plastic labels with density > 1 g/cm³ (also in more heavily printed and glued area);
Paper labels with fiber loss during recycling process;
Paper labels containing BPA.
Non floating paper labels.
Caps/Closures Clear and colored bottle: PE; PP (with density <1 g/cm³)
Clear trays: Unprinted PET; Floating plastics with density < 1 g/cm³ and easily removal from the tray and without glue residuals; foamed PET based films where foamed structure is not getting destroyed at 90°C; SiOx and AluOx plasma for barrier
Not provided Clear and colored bottle: Materials and blends with density >1 g/cm³ (e.g. highly filled PE, metals); Non-detaching or welded closures.
Clear trays: Any other films
Adhesives Clear, colored bottle and clear trays: Alkali/water soluble and alkali/water releasable adhesive at 60-80°C without reactivation.
Clear trays: 100% removable adhesives leaving no adhesive residuals on flakes at 70°C. (labels)
Clear and colored bottle: Hot-melts; Pressure-sensitive labels
Clear trays: 100% removable adhesives leaving no adhesive residuals on flakes at 85°C.
Clear and colored bottle: Non-soluble in water or alkaline at 60-80°C; Non-releasable in water or alkaline at 60-80°C
Clear trays: All other adhesives
Liners, Seals and Valves PE; PE + EVA; PP; foamed PET (all with a density < 1 g/cm³) Silicone with density <0.95g/cm³ Materials with density >1 g/cm³ (e.g. PVC, silicone, metals)
Colors and Inks [combine Inks/Direct Printing & Pigments] Clear bottle and trays: Transparent clear; Transparent light blue
Colored bottle: Transparent light colors
Inks: Non-toxic (according to EUPIA guidelines)
Direct printing: Laser marked print;
Colored bottle: Transparent dark colors
Direct printing: Production or expiry date
Clear, Colored bottle and clear trays: Opaque; Fluorescence; Metallic;
Clear bottle and clear trays: Other transparent colors
Inks that bleed; Toxic or hazardous inks; Metallic inks Direct printing: Any other direct printing
Size Clear, colored bottle and clear trays: Not provided Clear and colored bottle: Not provided
Clear trays: Items compacted < 5cm
Clear and colored bottle: < 4 cm (compacted); > 5 liter content
Clear trays: Items compacted < than 2 cm
Metalized layers or Metals Not provided Not provided No metal layers, components and labels;
No metallic colors
Additives Clear trays: Silicone surface coating (on coating area); Antiblocking masterbatch (max 3%) Clear, colored bottle and clear trays: UV stablilisers; Acetaldehyde (AA) blockers; Optical brighteners; Oxygen scavengers;
Clear trays: antiblocking masterbatch (> 3%); anti-stat agents; antiblocking agents; antifogging agents (on coating area)
Clear, colored bottle and clear trays: Bio-/oxo/photodegradable additives;
Nanocomposites

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