65% plastics packaging recycling target is attainable

65% plastics packaging recycling target is attainable

New study shows substantial environmental, social and economic benefits

A new study by Plastics Recyclers Europe shows that the 65% recycling target for plastic packaging is achievable by 2025. The study determines a set of measures and necessary tools that will result in attaining this recycling rate.

Proposed measures focus among other aspects on improving the quality and capacity of the sorting of plastic packaging waste across the EU. An additional measure, such as Design for Recycling would increase the recyclability of plastics packaging on the market and reduce sorting and recycling costs.

These measures would lead to an increased quality of the produced recyclates and ultimately raise consumers’ confidence in recycled products. The recommended measures should be complemented with a strong communication across the plastics value chain and with a legislative push enabling higher uptake of recycled materials.

The study also highlights the environmental, societal and economic benefits of increased recycling rates. Substitution of virgin with recycled plastics saves 80% of CO2 emissions, creates 115 400 jobs and an extra one billion euros in economic benefits.

The proposed measures and the entailed benefits are clear indicators as to why the legislators should strongly keep pursuing the ambitious target to enable circularity for plastics. 

About Plastics Recyclers Europe

Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) is an organization representing the voice of the European plastics recyclers who reprocess plastic waste into high-quality material destined for the production of new articles. Recyclers are important facilitators of the circularity of plastics and the transition towards the circular economy.

Plastics recycling in Europe is a rapidly growing sector representing €3bn in turnover, over 500 companies and over 18.000 employees.

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