PlasticsEurope release its latest European waste management data

PlasticsEurope has released the latest European plastics post-consumer waste management data at an event held in Warsaw, Poland, on 22 October. The 2014 waste management data results1 show a positive trend in Europe. During 2014, recycling and energy recovery reached 69.2%, compared to 62% in 2012. In this regards, plastics waste was recovered through recycling (29.7%) and energy recovery (39.5%) processes. Between 2006 and 2014, plastic waste recycling and energy recovery increased by 64% and 46% respectively.

At the event "Circular Economy: Opportunities and threats for Poland and Europe”, PlasticsEurope also presented its latest recommendations on the upcoming European Commission’s proposals on the circular economy, due to be released at the end of this year.

In 2012, the European plastics industry launched the initiative "Zero Plastics to Landfill”, which aims at reducing the amount of post-consumer plastics waste going to landfills to zero. While seven EU Member States as well as Norway and Switzerland introduced landfill bans, other Members States still rely on landfilling as the cheapest waste management option. The experience of these nine countries show that phasing out landfilling together with a better implementation and enforcement of existing waste legislation is crucial to achieve a more resource efficient Europe. To reach this aim, recycling should be the preferred option, and when recycling is not the most eco-efficient choice, energy recovery should be considered as an alternative.  

"Plastics: the Facts” annual report is to be published later this year. The report is an analysis of the data related to the production, demand and waste management of plastics materials. It provides the latest business information on production and demand, trade, recovery as well as employment and turnover in the plastics industry. The report also gives an insight into the plastics industry’s contribution to European economic growth and prosperity throughout the full life cycle of its materials.

1Treatment for post-consumer plastics waste in EU 28+ Norway and Switzerland.


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