Register now!

Join us for a comprehensive training on recycling in packaging. Delve into crucial topics including recycling statistics, legislation, evolving technologies, and practical case studies, equipping yourself with the knowledge to navigate the complex landscape of sustainability and circularity in the industry.

This training suit for  professionals working in the packaging industry or related fields, particularly those involved in sustainability, circularity, and waste management. This could include individuals from companies involved in manufacturing, designing, or distributing packaging materials, as well as those working in regulatory bodies or academic institutions focused on plastics and recycling technologies.

Theme KMO-portefeuille: Duurzaamheid


Jef Van Dun -  Van Dun Consulting CommV

More than 30 years of experience in the plastic industry!

Prof. Dr. Rudy Koopmans – Against All Odds BV

More than 35 years of experience in the plastics industry and academia.

Prof. dr. ir. Jaap Den Doelder - TU Enidhoven, NL

More than 25 years of experience in the plastics industry and academia. 

Program (05/12/2024)

8:00 Welcome with coffee

8:30 Module 1 - Prof. Dr. Rudy Koopmans

Why recycling? 


  • A systems approach
  • General concepts: Recycling, sustainability, circularity, ....
  • Definition of recycling
  • Eco Design

10:15 Coffee break

10:30 Module 2 - Jef Van Dun

Statistics on Recycling: Belgium and Europe (Plastics Europe; CEFLEX)

Players in Belgium


  • Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR)
  • Labelling and Communication
  • Tracking and tracing - works only well in B2B
  • Need for standardization; use of existing standards

12:00 Lunch break

13:00 Module 3 - Jaap Den Doelder


  • A rapidly changing technology landscape
  • Short recap on polymers and extrusion
  • Sorting technologies - effectiveness
  • Primary/secondary/tertiary recycling
  • Which techniques (mechanical - chemical/advanced): possibilities and limitations/risks; Primary/secondary/tertiary recycling
  • Degradation mechanism: PET vs. PE vs. PP; Effect on properties (deterioration, loss of tailor made properties)
  • Smell 
  • Color
  • Yellowing
  • Best practices - which percentages of recycled material are currently possible?  How far away are we from what eventually will be required? 

15:30 Module 4 - Case studies

Case studies: Use of recyclets

  • Determination of recycled content
  • Practical examples

16:30 End

Practical Information

Language: English

Price: All prices do NOT include VAT

  • Members IBE-BVI:  € 375.00
  • Members federation (Comeos; essenscia; INDUFED (FETRA/COBELPA)):  € 455.00
  • No member:  € 515.00


Did you participate this year or in 2023 to the training "Deep dive into plastic packaging"? We have great news! You are entitled for a 15% discount on THIS NEW COURSE!

Extra info:

  • Timing: The training will start at 8:30 and will end at 16:30
  • Included in the price: Training, course material, coffee break, lunch

Add event to calendar

Apple  •  Google  •  Office 365  •  Outlook Web  •  Outlook  •  Yahoo


Karen Arkesteyn -   Innovation Manager GS1

Raphaël Ghaye - Retail & Industry Engagement Manager GS1

Robin Goossens - Standardisation Manager GS1

Program (17/12/2024)


  • Antitrust, IP, privacy disclaimers 
  • Introduction of trainers 
  • Purpose of the training 
  • Round the table & expectations (format will depend on number of participants and set-up)

Who is GS1?

What is GS1's mission for packaging?

  • Overview of legislations (high-level) with specific focus on PPWR 
  • Overview of our stakeholders within a growing ecosystem - going from linear to circular 
  • How do the regulations impact packaging? (trends and requirements) 
  • How GS1 sees their role and mission - pluri-annual plan GS1 (short) 
  •   One barcode on the label, not multiple 
  •   Harmonization of data behind it 
  •   Also for outer cases: more digitalisation of processes 
  •   Identification for reusable packaging , … 
  •   Q&A  

GS1 basics: identification of packaging

  • Identification of consumer product 
  • Vs identification of packaging itself (components, …) 
  • Identification of outer cases and pallets 
  • Identification of returnable assets 
  • Data model behind packaging at different levels 
  • Q&A


GS1 basics: barcodes on packaging

  • Consumer item: traditional EAN-barcode 
  • Barcodes used in distribution centre 
  • Do's and don'ts: tips & tricks for placement and printing 
  • Migration to Next Gen Barcodes + GS1 Digital Link 
  • Guideline Next Gen Barcodes with transition period + recommendations on placement (short) 
  • Q&A

GS1 basic: data sharing 

  • ​How to share data with GS1 standards & services? 
  • How to ensure trusted data: data quality 
  • How to link to the digital world: GS1 Digital Link Track and trace with event data standards 
  • Q&A

Interaction with audience (format will depend on the number of participants and set-up) 

  • How can GS1 standards add value to you? 
  • How do you see GS1's role and ambition for packaging?
  •  Making a bridge to the next section

GS1's ambition for the future

  • Collaboration with a growing ecosystem: Fost plus, … 
  • Ensuring future-proof implementations for eg DPP, HolyGrail 2.0, GS1 SMART-Box 
  • WG on identification for reusable packaging 
  • Q&A


  • Key take-aways 
  • Useful resources to consult 
  • Thank you

Practical Information

Language: English

Price: All prices do NOT include VAT

  • Members IBE-BVI:  € 255.00
  • Members federation (Comeos; essenscia; INDUFED (FETRA/COBELPA)):  € 305.00
  • No member:  € 335.00

Add event to calendar

Apple  •  Google  •  Office 365  •  Outlook Web  •  Outlook  •  Yahoo