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‘Perfect’ understanding of EU plastics recycling issues

Europe – Members of the European Parliament have adopted the European strategy on plastic waste – a resolution which will surely ‘pave the way’ for more plastics recycling, maintains Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) president Ton Emans.

Backing from the European Parliament will enable the Commission to propose ‘ambitious’ legislation, according to Emans. ‘The voted report is a further step towards market changes that have been pushed by the political representatives of EU citizens,’ he says. ‘In this report, the Members of the European Parliament have perfectly understood the issues limiting plastics recycling.’

Meanwhile, PRE welcomes the fact that the report highlights the challenges of bio-plastics. While these could offer an opportunity on the one hand, the report recognises that the sustainability of bio-sourced materials must be evaluated and that an end-of-life solution for biodegradable plastics must be implemented at EU level.

PRE is eager to support initiatives to ‘overcome barriers’ which currently restrict recycling in long-life applications – most notably changing legislation and fluctuating markets.

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