EU COMMISSIONER POTOČNIK VISION BACKED BY EUROPEAN PLASTICS RECYCLERS

“Given the fact that our resources are limited, we cannot afford to continue the irresponsible practice of sending half of our plastics waste to landfills. The vision of Commissioner Potočnik is the right way to gofor Europe. Energy from waste should also be limited to non - recyclables to further push circular material flows” - Ton Emans, President, the European Plastics Recyclers (EuPR).

The European plastics recyclers fully support the vision expressed by the EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik during the recent PolyTalk conferencein Wiesbaden. Commissioner Potočnik underlined that to achieve the full potential of resource efficiency for plastics Europe needs to pursue two main objectives. First, reduce landfill as quick as possible. Second, switch from energy recovery to recycling.

Mr. Emans added that “Given the difficult economic situation Europe must take the opportunity to save resources and create jobs at the same time. The European plastics recyclers are ready to take on the challenges and contribute to a more sustainable plastics production industry in Europe”.

EuPR is looking forward to the launch of the green paper on plastics waste in the environment in order to start a new journey for Europe towards increased sustainability for plastics.

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