The industry has come a long way from manual sorting to fully automated systems, readily available in majority of European recycling infrastructures.

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Technological improvements allow for plastics to be sorted in more refined streams. This in turn decreases the number of unwanted materials and contaminants, allowing for a higher quality of recycling input.

To boost transparency & promote the standardisation of sorting practices, PRE developed the Recycling Input Characterisation Guiding Requirements. These documents aim to set industry-wide standards for the benchmarking of high-quality recycling practices.