European PET recycling strategy faces meltdown

PRW Staff

Published: February 4, 2013 12:47 pm ET
Updated: February 4, 2013 12:51 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Sustainability, Recycling

BRUSSELS -- Europe's PET recycling industry is being threatened by what experts have called "persistent structural market failures" across the region.

According to Brussels-based trade body Plastics Recyclers Europe (EuPR) the current collection infrastructures have reached their limits.

EuPR said while the collection of PET bottles had stagnated at around 50 percent, uncollected PET was still being landfilled or incinerated.

"Europe is not maximizing the sustainable use of a valuable resource such as post-consumer PET," said Casper van den Dungen, chairman of the EuPR PET working group.

The group said due to intensive lightweighting and complex bottle design the average costs of recycling had increased substantially in recent years. Such increased costs cannot currently be corrected by further economies of scale, it said.

Conversely, recent years have seen an increase in demand for recycled PET, leading to a significant increase in investments in many new recycling lines.

Van den Dungen said "the combined effect of these market failures are causing recycling plants to operate at well below 75 percent of their capacity."

And a potential lifting of currently existing anti-dumping duties on virgin PET "could further worsen the EU industry's position.

"Until today, PET has been an undisputed success and example for sustainable development. It can remain so in the future if the collection moves upwards to another level and the virgin PET is fairly marketed," van den Dungen added.

In order to boost PET resource efficiency, Europe needs a well-managed and balanced value chain, he argued.

EuPR was "striving to reform the current European Union (EU) PET recycling infrastructure and to improve the current imbalances – for this we will need support from other stakeholders and especially the EU institutions if the goals of the present and future EU Waste and Recycling Directives are to be achieved", he added.


Comments

European PET recycling strategy faces meltdown

PRW Staff

Published: February 4, 2013 12:47 pm ET
Updated: February 4, 2013 12:51 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Chicago City Council committee approves plastic bag ban

April 24, 2014 7:11 pm ET

Chicago is poised to become the next major U.S. city to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags after a City Council committee vote on April 24.    More

Image

Plastics News Now: Simpsons go Lego, Pharrell Williams gets into recycled plastic

April 24, 2014 8:45 am ET

Lego has teamed up with "The Simpsons" for a special episode, we see the trends at the International Home + Housewares Show and musician Pharrell...    More

Image

PolyOne says new Shanghai center will ease collaboration across segments

April 24, 2014 2:34 pm ET

PolyOne Specialty Engineered Materials is opening an innovation Center in Shanghai's Jinqiao development zone that will serve as its new Asia Pacific ...    More

Interactive map aids polypropylene recycling efforts

April 24, 2014 1:34 pm ET

Folks interested in recycling polypropylene products now have a new tool at their disposal.    More

Biopolymer firms report success with PHA pilot production

April 24, 2014 1:30 pm ET

Biopolymer developer Meridian Inc. and Tate & Lyle plc have reported successful pilot production of Meridian's process to make polyhydroxyalkanoate, a...    More

Market Reports

Market Data Book - Rankings & Lists

A one-stop download of Plastic News' exclusive annual lists and processor rankings containing essential data including sales, employees, end markets, materials and more.
EXCLUSIVE EXCEL FEATURE: full mailing address details for available plant locations.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Mold Making and Tooling Review and Outlook 2014 North America

This report provides in-depth analysis of the mold and toolmaking market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats, the latest developments in production and labor and equipment trends impacting moldmakers.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events