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06-21-2012

Spain Gains Ground in Plastics Recycling

How is plastics recycling organized in Spain and what are the challenges for the country? These were the central questions regarding this year‘s partner-country Spain, which formed one of the main topics of the 15th International Conference on Recycling of Plastics organized by the German Federal Association of Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse). Experts from recycling companies and organizations in Spain provided the more than 400 participants with an overview of plastics recycling in their country and exchanged experiences with representatives of the industry in Germany.

In all economic sectors in Spain, about 2.21 million tons of plastic waste are produced while 2.84 million tons of plastics are marketed. Between 1996 und 2010 the recycling rate has risen from 7 to 29.2 % and slightly exceeded the EU target of 22.5 percent. This puts Spain on the ninth place compared to other members of the EU.

The main markets for recycled plastics are pipes (26 %), rubbish bags (11%), films and bags (23%), bottles and drums (5%), industrial pieces (15%) and furniture, hangers and shoes (20%). But still 60 % of plastic waste is landfilled. As waste too often follows the cheapest way and the representatives demanded for a ban on landfill in order to strengthen the recycling infrastructure further

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