The market of recycled plastic from agriculture in Europe has been developing steadily over the past years and today it has reached a collection rate of around 60%. However, these positive developments can be disrupted if the European Parliament’s draft report on regulating the CE marking of fertilising products is to be implemented.
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.
Professionals from the plastics recycling sector and its value chain have gathered at the Annual Meeting 2017 in Barcelona on the 15th of June at the conference that featured high-level speakers including European Commission, Waste Agency of Catalonia and brand owners.
Plastic material is at a turning point towards becoming circular, said Ton Emans. High quality recycling and integrating more recyclates in new products will help in accelerating that shift.