PlasticsEurope welcomes the EC’s Circular Economy Package

A step closer to a Resource Efficient and Competitive Europe

PlasticsEurope welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s (EC) new Circular Economy package as a step closer to resource efficiency.

The EC proposal introduces a gradual limitation of the landfilling of municipal waste to 10% by 2030 of total municipal waste generated. "The European plastics industry has been calling for a legally binding landfill restriction on all recyclable as well as other recoverable post-consumer waste by 2025. Although a 10% target constitutes a step in the right direction, it remains a timid attempt to put an end to the landfilling of all waste which can be used a resource”, Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director of PlasticsEurope, noted.

PlasticsEurope considers the new 2025 recycling and preparation for re-use target of 55% for plastic packaging waste as an extremely ambitious objective since the average plastics packaging recycling rate in Europe was under 40% in 2014 – according to the latest data. The implications of the combined target as well as the new calculation method are currently unclear. According to a recent study carried out by the Denkstatt Group, the optimum level for plastic packaging recycling, using today’s technology as well as the current calculation method,  lies between 35% and 50%, depending on the country’s collection, sorting and recycling capacities.

PlasticsEurope welcomes the EC Action Plan as a clear achievement of its objective to taking a more holistic approach to the circular economy. ”This holistic approach together with the Commission’s decision to take the entire life cycle of products into account, not just the end-of-life, will help make Europe more sustainable and resource efficient”, Mr Foerster added.

PlasticsEurope also welcomes the Commission’s intention to adopt a Strategy on Plastics and looks forward to working together to address the specificities of plastics.

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  • The typical life span of plastic applications in building and construction is 30 to 50 years, with many plastics pipes installed over 50 years ago still functioning well.