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11-02-2016

PlasticsEurope Creates New Packaging Group and Contributes to a European Stakeholder Platform

PlasticsEurope has created a new Plastics Packaging Circular Economy Group which will be working with the value chain to maximize the fullest potential of plastics in delivering superior resource efficiency gains within the circular economy. PlasticsEurope believes that it is important to further strengthen the engagement with all actors within the supply chain and work in a more holistic way. This will enable to deliver innovation that further increases the resource efficiency of plastics and ensure their recovery at the end of their useful life. At the same time, it should prevent the leakage of any waste into the environment.

PlasticsEurope will be engaging with the industry value-chain in realising a vision towards a Resource Efficient European Circular Economy. The association aims to foster an economy where materials are not landfilled and littered, but are recovered for use in tomorrow’s products or as an energy resource. As a first initiative, PlasticsEurope’s new plastics packaging group will shortly be announcing a new collaboration with the European Plastics Converters and Plastics Recyclers Associations.

Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform

The European plastics industry has announced the creation of a value chain collaboration to drive Europe’s Polyolefins-based packaging recycling efforts. Three plastics industry organizations have launched a new Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) through which the industry calls on all actors to join them in driving towards this goal and play their part.

The plastics industry recognizes that a business as usual approach will not enable the proposed challenging target for 55% plastic packaging "preparing for re-use and recycling” target by 2025, as outlined in the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package. In the drive to create a more circular economy, fresh approaches and new thinking are required. Hence, this newly formed platform will be working for a 5-10 year horizon based on effective, science-based solutions.

The platform will create a multi-stakeholder group that will seek to identify the barriers and opportunities to increase Europe’s recycling and work towards ensuring the supply of high quality recycled plastics for the European market. Correspondingly, this will drive economic growth and the creation of new jobs as Europe moves towards a more circular economy.

The following priority areas of work have been identified:

  • Development of packaging design guidelines and assessment protocols according to the principles of the Circular Economy.
  • Innovation to increase the recyclability of flexible and rigid packaging.
  • EU wide quality standards for sorted plastics, harmonisation of tests methods for recycled plastic materials and certification of plastic recycling operations.
  • Innovation & development of end-use markets to encourage demand for recycled plastics.
  • Stimulating innovation to improve mechanical recycling, conversion technologies and reuse.
  • Drive the research and development of new technologies to convert non-mechanically recyclable plastics into feedstock for the production of new materials.
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