PolyREC is a non-profit industry association which aims to provide plastics recyclers and converters with a common data collection tool - RecoTrace - to record and monitor data on plastics recycling tonnages and recycled material use in Europe.
Petcore Europe is an association working with the stakeholders and representatives of the entire value chain to enable a sustainable growth of PET. The association represents the interests of the PET value chain at the European level.
Among other activities, the association supports and validates advanced packaging solutions from a recycling perspective.
Leading sector associations CPME, EuPC, Forum PET Europe, EuPET, PRE, as well as individual companies form Petcore Europe.
The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) is a project whose aim is to evaluate packaging technologies and products for PET bottles. Design guidelines for PET bottles were created through this platform, aiming to enhance the innovation while minimizing the economic and environmental consequences for PET recycling in Europe.
EPBP is a voluntary platform, with PRE being one of the supporters.
Test procedures and protocols were developed to aid the designers and producers in their efforts to improve the recyclability of the bottles.
Global Plastics Outreach Alliance
In early October 2017, the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Plastics Recyclers Europe and the European PET Bottle Platform announced the creation of a partnership aimed at harmonizing design guidelines and testing protocol, and therefore creating a Global Plastics Protocol. The partnership is known as the Global Plastics Outreach Alliance.
With different protocols in place, the goal is to identify and clarify the existing differences and ultimately align them to assure the increased recyclability of the plastics products.
European Chemical Agency (ECHA)
PRE is an official Accredited ECHA Stakeholder Observer and is invited to participate to meetings of its Risk Assessment Committee, Socio-Economic Assessment Committee, and Member State Committee.
Basel and Stockholm Conventions
PRE has been granted NGO Observer status at the Basel and Stockholm Conventions. PRE has actively participated in the last conference of parties where an agreement was struck on the new global regime for plastics waste shipments and are participating in the Small Intersessional Working Group on the technical guidelines for the disposal of plastics waste.
European Commission’s Waste Correspondents Meeting
The European Commission’s Waste Correspondents Meeting welcomed PRE for the first time in 2019 as an Observer. PRE actively participates in discussions there to achieve smooth functioning of the plastics waste shipment regime.
Circular Plastics Allience
On September 20, 2019 Plastics Recyclers Europe officially signed the Circular Plastic Alliance Declaration, together with over 100 private and public organisations from across the whole plastics value chain.
This Declaration sets out the roadmap on which the Alliance will convene to foster the uptake of 10 million tons of recycled plastic in Europe by 2025.
European Plasics Pact
On 6 March 2020, PRE signed the European Plastic Pact (EURPP), together with more than 80 entities including governments, industry and waste management companies. The Pact represents an important step to implement policies for single-use plastic products and packaging in the Circular Economy, launched by the Plastics Strategy and by the revision of the 2018 Waste Package, to address the way single-use plastic products and plastic packaging is designed, placed on the market and disposed of.