About us

Plastics Recyclers Europe was created in 1996 to represent plastics recyclers in Europe. It is located at Schuman in the heart of the European District in Brussels.
When created the association had 7 members. Currently Plastics Recyclers Europe has more than 120 members from all over the EU and this number will continue to grow. 

In the first years of creation, PRE recycled 200 000 tonnes of plastic waste. Today this amount reached 2.5 million tonnes and will continue to grow.

PRE consists of Working Groups. Working Groups were set up, in order to represent particular interest groups - depending on the type of the polymer or type of waste processed. These are so called vertical groups. There are also 3 horizontal groups which interact and liaise with the vertical groups. Their aim is to strengthen the PRE’s structure and allow for communication between all of the groups. 

 Plastics Recyclers Europe Management Committee constitutes of 10 members.

Latest news

Even very low quantities of degradable plastics that end up in the traditional plastic waste streams have a significant, negative impact on recycled plastics.

The average yield of the PET recyclers has decreased from 73% to 68% since 2011. This 5 points decrease has led to substantial and additional cost for the European PET recyclers. Additionally, recyclers are obliged to discard more material in order to achieve good quality of recycled PET.