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60%-plus plastics recycling rate possible for Europe

Europe – A plastics recycling level of 62% is achievable by 2020 in Europe, according to Plastics Recyclers Europe.

The trade association has released a study showing that a higher recycling rate for plastics will create benefits for the EU’s environment, resource efficiency and economy.

Commissioned from the Bio Intelligence Service environmental research bureau, the study aims ‘to put forward the most suitable scenario in order to further improve the sustainability of plastics via recycling in Europe in the period to 2020’, says Ton Emans, president of Plastics Recyclers Europe.

The existing plastics recycling situation ‘is no longer acceptable’, he maintains. ‘In the long run, economic growth, demographic changes and growing scarcity of raw materials will not allow Europe the luxury of wasting 76% of all plastic materials used.’

Urgent action is required in order to increase recycling rates for plastics, he underlines, and the study ‘proposes crucial measures that should be taken in order to achieve this’.

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