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.
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