PRE: New circular economy package will support plastics recycling

EU commissioner Karmenu Vella at PRE Annual Meeting (Source: PRE)

Brussels — The EU Commission will mainly focus in the new proposal on waste management, higher recycling targets, product design and innovation & research which would stay in line with the goals of the circular economy. Confirmed Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment & Maritime Affairs, during the Plastics Recyclers Europe’s Annual Meeting which took place on 18th & 19th June in Brussels.

According to Karmenu Vella, it is estimated „that – not just plastic – but waste prevention, eco-design, re‑use, recycling and similar measures could bring net savings of 600 billion euro, or 8 percent of the annual turnover for businesses in the EU“.

PRE has released as well during the conference a study: Increased EU Plastics Recycling Targets Environmental, Economic and Social Assessment argues that greenhouse gas savings of plastic recycling could result in 11.5 percent less emissions produced by the EU plastics industry by 2025.

Additionally, the study reveals that in order to achieve the recycling target of 60 percent for plastic packaging by 2025 as many as 250 new sorting facilities as well as 300 new recycling plants will be needed in Europe if the target is to be implemented. These investments will create more than 120,000 of jobs across the EU.

Ton Emans, PRE President, argued: „As much as 74 percent of plastics waste in Europe is still not managed in a sustainable way, either by landfilling or incinerating it. The revised circular economy package shall focus on changing this situation. PRE is supporting the Commission in its work to close the loop.“

During the PRE General Assembly the Board Members as well as the Working Group Chairmen were re-elected for the period of 2 years (2015-2017). Ton Emans (CeDo) was re-elected as the PRE president and the LDPE chairman.

Source: Plastics Recyclers Europe