Waste Collection



As the first step of any waste management process, Collection Schemes play a key role in its overall performance. Appropriate waste collection, approved and supported by waste owners, is a prerequisite to solving litter issues. Waste collection determines the composition of waste streams and therefore their suitability for downstream pre-treatment, sorting and recovery operations.

Many household waste collection schemes ‒ either capturing plastics waste alone or together with other materials ‒ exist in Europe. These systems should share the same objective to maximisie recovery of recyclables and recover value from waste by diverting this valuable resource from landfilling. Collection schemes are aligned with downstream infrastructure for per-treatment, sorting, and recovery to maximise recovery, improve environmental performance and manage costs.

Today dedicated commingled collection of dry recyclables (packaging and other household goods mainly made of plastics, metals, often paper, cardboard and sometimes glass) offers an attractive solution to maximise the amount of waste recovered. Subsequent treatment with modern sorting and recycling technologies produces high quality resource streams with the required market-driven qualities for recycling and recovery.

In addition to municipal waste collection schemes other product related systems, e.g. for end-of-life vehicles, electrical and electronic appliances and plastics agricultural films also provide a valuable source of resources for recycling and recovery. Finally, collection of industrial and commercial waste, organised by the waste owner, should also ensure the maximum recovery of that major waste stream, so that it does not end up in landfill.

PlasticsEurope is committed to contributing to the development of collection schemes in European countries to capture all waste plastics for recycling and recovery.
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