German PET recyclers struggling from stagnant collection rates in Europe

EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: February 19, 2013 12:44 pm ET
Updated: February 19, 2013 12:47 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Recycling, Europe

BONN, GERMANY -- PET recyclers in Germany are battling low collection volumes and high energy costs, putting them at a disadvantage with European and international competitors, warns one association based in the country.

The Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (BVSE) says the collection rate in Europe for PET bottles stands at around 50 percent by volume. Many PET recycling plants in Germany are running at less than full capacity because they are not receiving enough material to recycle, warns the Bonn-based association.

And even though Germany has an effective deposit system in place, volumes from Germany drain away to other European countries to substitute missing volume there, it adds.

In addition, the German renewable energy law (EEG) is making production costs high compared to non-German competitors.

Herbert Snell, vice president of plastics recycling at BVSE, says both Germany and Europe need the value chain to work better, and he called for an increase in collection volumes and fair competition.

BVSE's warning comes weeks after European Plastics Recyclers (EuPR) trade group made a similar complaint.

Earlier this month, EuPR said the recycling industry across the region is threatened by "persistent structural market failures."

As well as the problem of stagnating bottle collections, recyclers are dealing with intensive lightweighting and complex bottle designs, which push up the cost of recycling, according to EuPR. Such increased costs cannot currently be corrected by further economies of scale, it added.


Comments

German PET recyclers struggling from stagnant collection rates in Europe

EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: February 19, 2013 12:44 pm ET
Updated: February 19, 2013 12:47 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

New Hexcel plant will supply carbon fiber for Airbus A350 XWB

September 30, 2014 2:43 pm ET

Hexcel Corp. is investing $250 million on a new carbon fiber plant in France, with part of the production going into the future Airbus SAS A350 XWB.    More

Image

LyondellBasell CEO Gallogly to retire

September 30, 2014 3:00 pm ET

James Gallogly, CEO of Houston-based polyolefins producer LyondellBasell Industries NV, on Sept. 29 announced plans to retire in 2015.    More

Image

RJG buys UK training group G&A

September 30, 2014 11:10 am ET

G&A Moulding Technology Ltd., a United Kingdom-based training and consultancy group, has been bought by RJG Inc., the U.S.-based training business.    More

Image

Audacious vandal stuns Taipei Plas

September 29, 2014 4:59 pm ET

Melodrama erupted at the traditionally tranquil Taipei Plas trade show on Sept. 28 when a mysterious intruder flung red paint at the Baumüller...    More

Image

Asahi Kasei breaks ground on Alabama compounding plant

September 29, 2014 5:39 pm ET

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America will be able to solve two problems at once with a new compounding plant in Athens, Ala.    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events