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EU Design Guidance: Rigid PP (PRE)

EU Design Guidance Summary: Rigid PP
Criterion YES - FULL COMPATIBILITY CONDITIONAL - LIMITED COMPATIBILITY NO - LOW COMPATIBILITY
General Info: Natural and colored PP have slightly different standards shown as below.
EVOH % in Resin Natural: None
Colored: None
Natural: None
Colored: EVOH ≤ 1%
Natural: any EVOH
Colored: EVOH > 1%
Barrier Layers or Fillers
(other than EVOH)
Not provided Not provided PA; PVDC; Aluminum
Label or Sleeve Material and Surface Area PP
* with a print and/or barrier that does not hinder the recognition of the underlaying PE-polymer
containers > 500 ml: < 70% coverage of surface
containers ≤ 500 ml: < 50% coverage of surface
PE, PET, PETG, PS, PLA;
Paper without fibreloss;
PO-foamed labels
* with a size, a print and/or barrier that does not hinder the recognition of the underlaying PE-polymer:
containers > 500 ml: < 70% coverage of surface
containers ≤ 500 ml: < 50% coverage of surface
Paper labels with fibreloss
Aluminium; Metalised labels;
Non-PO foamed with density < 1g/cm3;
PVC
Caps/Closures PP HDPE; LDPE; LLDPE; MDPE; PET; PETG; PS; PLA Non-PO and/or foams with density <1g/cm3; Aluminum; Metal; PVC
Adhesives Water soluble or water releasable adhesive (< 40°C) Pressure sensitive labels Non water soluble or non water releasable adhesives
Liners, Seals and Valves PP
TPE-PP (Thermoplastic Elastomers PP)
HDPE; LDPE; LLDPE; MDPE; TPE-PE
PET, PETG, PS, PLA
Removable aluminum fasteners;
Removable silicon with a density > 1 g/cm³
Non-PO and/or foams with density <1g/cm3;
Any other TPE
Aluminum; Metal; Foiled paper; PVC
Colors and Inks [combine Inks/Direct Printing & Pigments] Natural: clear
Colored: all colors
Inks: Non toxic following the EuPIA Guidelines
Laser marked; Production or best-before date
Natural: clear
Colored: all colors
Inks: Non toxic following the EuPIA Guidelines
Laser marked; Production or best-before date
Natural: Black Inner layer; Black; Carbon Black; Other dark colors; Any other direct printing.
Colored: Non NIR detectable colors
Inks that bleed; Toxic or hazardous inks.
Size Items compacted > 5 cm Items compacted > 5 cm Items compacted < 2 cm;
Metalized layers or Metals Not provided Removable aluminum fasteners Metal/aluminum attachments and metallic layers
Additives Additives that are unavoidable in processing (stabilizers, antioxidants, lubricants, nucleating agents, peroxides) and density remains <0.97 g/cm³ Mineral fillers (CaCO3, talc) not increasing density more than 0,97 g/cm³ Additives changing the material density > 1g/cm³
Flame-retardant additives, plasticizers Bio-/oxo-/photodegradable additives

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