Plastic Recycling

Scarcely 26% of plastics are recycled in Europe. Plastics unique properties like strength, rigidity, flexibility which are combined with affordability and durability make them a perfect alternative to other materials (e.g. glass, metal, wood etc.). They are widely applied in number of sectors and their use is constantly rising (starting from packaging, construction to telecommunications and electronic equipment).

As a result, the total share of plastic waste is getting more and more extensive.  This means that more emphasize should be put on plastic recycling in order to achieve environmental sustainability.

This emphasize should consist mainly on promotion of successful collection schemes in order to enhance separate collection of polymers and/or their recovery from bulk collection in specific waste streams.

 

More about plastics recycling:

Plastics Recylers Europe Facts & Figures

Plastics Recycling in Europe

REACH for plastics recycling

 

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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.