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, Europe, Recycling

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

Hong Kong's TK eyes expansion, may buy Nypro Tool operation

September 19, 2014 2:49 pm ET

Hong Kong-based mold maker and plastics processor TK Group (Holdings) Ltd. said it's reached a tentative agreement to buy a tooling factory in...    More

Image

Foster building medical polymers plant

September 19, 2014 1:39 pm ET

Foster Delivery Science is investing $8 million in a new plant in Putnam, Conn., for production of medical polymer blends, as well as rods, film or...    More

Image

BP to restart damaged PTA unit in limited capacity by November

September 19, 2014 10:27 am ET

British Petroleum plc may restart its fire-damaged purified terephthalic acid (PTA) feedstock unit in South Carolina in late October or early...    More

Image

Bayer spinning off plastics business

September 18, 2014 8:49 am ET

Bayer AG will spin off its MaterialScience plastics group into a separate, publicly-traded company within the next 12 to 18 months.    More

Image

Investor group wants DuPont to split in two

September 18, 2014 7:37 pm ET

Investment firm Trian Fund Management LP is calling for plastics and chemicals giant DuPont Co. to split itself into two firms, one of which would inc...    More

Market Reports

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

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

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

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

More Events