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07-08-2016

Higher Recycling Rates through Better Sorting

Prof. Dr. jur. Helmut Maurer, European Commission, DG ENV (© PRE)

The Annual Meeting of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) gathered over 150 participants from all over Europe who were debating on improving plastic waste sorting which would further boost recycling.

Helmut Maurer from the DG Environment, European Commission in his keynote speech highlighted the importance of the transition to the circular economy by strict execution of a future landfill ban on plastics, adequate rules on design of plastic, in particular plastic packaging, and by applying a critical look to incineration. “Closing landfills for plastic must not lead to more incineration and statistical confusion about what is recycling and what is energy recovery must be cleared away,” he said.

Ton Emans, PRE President (© PRE)

During the conference PRE released the Strategy Paper of the association: "Plastics Recyclers Europe 20 years later and the way forward – Making more from plastics waste", to mark the progress of the industry during those past two decades and to illustrate challenges ahead as well as to make an attempt of providing possible ways of addressing them. “Recyclers are positive but need to stay realistic. Despite the fact that the industry took almost a quantum leap over the past 20 years it needs further investments to become more competitive and professionalized. With only 26.3% recycling rates and landfill and incineration still having much higher share we cannot rest on our laurels”, said Ton Emans, President of Plastics Reyclers Europe. The Strategy Paper emphasizes the environmental advantages of plastics recycling as one of the solutions to the natural resources depletion, air pollution but also efficient waste management.

During the event PRE Management Committee appointed Antonino Furfari as the new Managing Director who replaced Alexandre Dangis.

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Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) c/o EuPR

Avenue de Cortenbergh 71
BE 1000 Brüssel
Tel.: +32 2 7429682

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