Over half of the total EU plastics recycling capacity certified with EuCertPlast

Over half of the total EU plastics recycling capacity certified with EuCertPlast

The certification verifies plastic waste traceability, conformity assessment, and calculation of recycled content in a recycling process

With the release of the record number of 4.6 million tons, the EuCertPlast certification was granted to more than half of the total EU recycling capacity[1] covering both pre- and post-consumer streams.
The scheme grew by 27% in comparison to 2019, and with 45 new recycling facilities, there are now 214 companies certified by EuCertPlast, demonstrating its wide recognition in the plastics industry.
The leader, with a share of 30% of the EuCertPlast certified facilities, is Germany. Italy with the 12% share is in second place, followed closely by the Netherlands and France, having respectively 11% and 10% share of the certified capacity.
Additionally, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are the most widely certified polymers representing almost half of the total capacity.
Despite the pandemic, which affected the ability of the auditors to travel to recyclers’ facilities, EuCertPlast certified companies grew substantially in the course of 2020.
The positive trend of a steady increase of certifications shows the increasing demand for third-party verification of the origin of waste and recycled content calculation, and consequently the growth and the maturing of the plastic recycling market in Europe. By promoting transparency and highest standards, the EuCertPlast certification contributes, as well, to the Circular Plastics Alliance’s objective to increase the uptake of recycled materials to 10 million tonnes by 2025. 

[1] Plastics Recyclers Europe: Report on plastics recycling statistics 2020


EuCertPlast aims at accrediting plastics recyclers whose activity complies with high-quality standards. It is an onsite audit procedure based on the European standard EN 15343:2008 on plastics recycling traceability and assessment of conformity and recycled content. The certification focuses on the traceability of the waste and calculation of the recycled content building trust in recycled materials which are becoming an essential piece of plastics in a circular economy. The Scheme is jointly administered by EPRO, EuPC, Recovinyl & PRE. 

For press inquiries please contact Mireia Boada at info@eucertplast.eu

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 €3 billion in turnover, 8.5 million tonnes of installed recycling capacity, 600 companies and 20.000 employees. 

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