An unquantifiable amount of these juice bottles use barriers that cause recyclate degradation due to yellowing in the melting process. Estimates of how many juice packs use so-called scavengers vary widely. Their use in the bottle depends on the packaged product, the MHD, and whether they are intended for sale over the refrigerated counter. The proportion is difficult to quantify and fluctuates, he said. Especially in pandemic times, demand has developed very differently and continues to do so, the responsible fruit juice association (VdF) told EUWID.
There is disagreement about which industry is responsible for counteracting a possible deterioration of the recyclates. There are different approaches to solving the problem: Doing away with barriers, sorting out the bottles in question, or using recyclable scavengers. At least the last two options involve costs for the industry concerned.