The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) has welcomed the provisional agreement on the Single Use Plastics Directive setting a binding target of at least 25% of recycled plastic for PET beverage bottles from 2025 onwards and a target of 30% of recycled content by 2030 for all plastic bottles.
‘This is a major milestone that is vital to curb marine litter and to foster circularity in plastic bottles,’ comments EuRIC’s secretary general Emmanuel Katrakis. ‘Such a measure will send a strong market signal that will steer the demand for recycled plastics, rewarding its substantial environmental benefits in terms of CO2 and energy savings, which market prices have consistently failed to acknowledge,’ he adds.
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According to EuRIC, the set targets will have positive effects throughout the value chain and will directly contribute to ‘improve and increase’ the collection rate of plastic bottles. The industry body emphasizes that the recycling sector is ‘ready to play its part and looks forward to continuing the work with all the stakeholders involved’.
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