PRE is one of the key stakeholders in the process of formulating, monitoring and evaluating the EU policies that impact plastics recyclers. The policies that affect recyclers fall under environmental policy which dates back to the 1972 and boomed in the 1990s when number of legally binding targets were introduced.

Our organization has put plastics recycling in the spotlight of the public debate. Our actions have facilitated the creation of a Green Paper on Plastics which identifies public policy challenges induced by plastic waste that were not specifically addressed in EU waste legislation. PRE has supported the Circular Economy Package focusing on plastics waste and stands behind an increase of the recycling targets to 55% by 2020. Through its various activities, PRE has increased awareness about waste exports management and has enabled recognition of inconsistences between the waste legislation and REACH. A number of policy actions carried out by PRE have contributed to the growing structure of the plastics recyclers market. The plastics recycling industry in Europe has a potential to grow and to help to manage waste problem more efficiently. However, in order to fully exploit this potential we need conditions that would enable growth and more investments, Without these conditions the road to eradicate among others marine litter will be much more arduous.

PRE provides plastics recyclers with representation at the European level and among leading industry organizations. It promotes the use of quality plastic recyclates and innovative products that have an eco-friendly design. Through the implementation of the EuCertPlast programme, Plastics Recyclers Europe has promoted the harmonization and development of pan-European standards for plastics recyclates. Within the industry itself, PRE provides its members with a platform via which companies from its various working groups can network and communicate freely with one another.

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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.