Industry welcomes European Commission plastic waste plan

EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: March 8, 2013 12:29 pm ET
Updated: March 8, 2013 12:32 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Government & Legislation, Recycling, Materials Suppliers

BRUSSELS — European plastics industry bodies Plastics Recyclers Europe, PlasticsEurope and European Plastic Converters (EuPC) have all welcomed a new Green Paper that will trigger discussions on dealing with plastics waste.

Plastics Recyclers Europe said the European Commission's Green Paper is a "starting point" towards increased sustainability and that a landfill ban, recycling targets and eco-design are all solutions that will increase recycling.

Today, the total annual production of European plastics recyclers can only cover a maximum of two weeks of the yearly European plastics consumption, according to the Brussels-based plastics recyclers' trade group.

"This situation is no longer sustainable," said President To Emans. "Policy makers, industry and society in general must act in order to change this situation."

PlasticsEurope and European Plastic Converters (EuPC) also welcomed the paper. Wilfried Haensel, executive director of PlasticsEurope, said 10 million metric tons of post-consumer plastic waste are buried in landfills every year. While voluntary initiatives are indeed very effective in many cases, a ban on the landfilling plastics waste will undoubtedly show positive results sooner, he said.

EuPC managing director Alexandre Dangis also welcomed the launch of the Green Paper. "At times when future polymer sourcing for European plastics converters remains unpredictable, and uncertain, there is a clear need to optimize the collection and sorting of plastics waste in order for the plastics industry to be more resource efficient," he said.

European environment commissioner Janez Potočnik said that even though managing plastic waste is a major challenge, it is also an opportunity for resource efficiency.

"In a circular economy where high recycling rates offer solutions to material scarcity, I believe plastic has a future," he said.


Comments

Industry welcomes European Commission plastic waste plan

EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: March 8, 2013 12:29 pm ET
Updated: March 8, 2013 12:32 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Slowing the aging process in plastics

October 31, 2014 1:13 pm ET

Australian scientists have developed a new material that can strengthen porous plastics by slowing their aging process.    More

Image

Corbion Puriac considering PLA plant in Thailand, if customers commit

October 31, 2014 11:52 am ET

Biofeedstocks supplier Corbion Puriac will build a polylactic acid (PLA) plant in Thailand if it receives a sales commitment from customers.    More

Image

Report: Lanxess may cut 1,200 jobs

October 31, 2014 9:40 am ET

German chemicals company Lanxess AG may cut up to 1,200 jobs, around 7 percent of its workforce, as part of a group-wide overhaul to counter...    More

Image

Coca-Cola closing its recycling division

October 30, 2014 3:50 pm ET

Beverage giant says it wants to work with suppliers    More

Image

PP prices rise, solid PS, PET drop

October 30, 2014 1:15 pm ET

North American polypropylene resin prices surged again in October, while regional prices for solid polystyrene and PET bottle resin continued their sl...    More

Market Reports

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion Market Trends

This report provides in-depth analysis of current trends, statistics and innovations in product design and production impacting the PP&T industry in North America.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

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 analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

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

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events