PlasticsEurope welcomes ranking of EU Member States on waste management

PlasticsEurope has welcomed the publication of a European Commission report ranking EU Member States on the effectiveness of their waste management systems.

The plastics industry has consistently highlighted the need to tackle the huge disparities in practices across Europe, particularly when it comes to the landfilling of plastics waste. This is part of a broader call to action by the industry to policy makers, the plastics value chain, retailers and the general public to join forces to meet the goal of "zero plastics to landfill by 2020”.

PlasticsEurope views the publication of this benchmarking report by the European Commission and the decision to prepare Roadmaps for underperforming countries as an important step towards eliminating the unnecessary landfilling of waste in Europe, including plastics.

"It is not simply a question of pointing the finger at the poor performers. What is more important is to learn from those countries that are leading by example. With the challenges we are facing today in Europe, it makes no environmental or economic sense that 7 EU Member States are diverting over 90% of plastics waste from landfill, while 15 others still bury over 60%,” said Wilfried Haensel, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope.

The potential value of plastics currently lost in landfills in Europe is estimated to be roughly €8 billion per year.

PlasticsEurope believes that, while there is no "one-size-fits-all” solution, the example set by countries at the top of the European Commission ranking demonstrate that the goal of "zero plastics to landfill by 2020” is achievable if the right policies are put in place. To support this aim the industry is involved a number of initiatives with public authorities and other stakeholders in different Member States to find ways of stimulating further recycling and recovery of plastics and to introduce instruments to discourage landfilling. 

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