Brussels – PlasticsEurope has released the latest European plastics post-consumer waste management data. showing a positive trend in Europe. During 2014, recycling and energy recovery reached 69.2 percent, compared to 62 percent in 2012. In this regards, plastics waste was recovered through recycling (29.7 percent) and energy recovery (39.5 percent) processes. Between 2006 and 2014, plastic waste recycling and energy recovery increased by 64 percent and 46 percent respectively.
In 2012, the European plastics industry launched the initiative „Zero Plastics to Landfill”, which aims at reducing the amount of post-consumer plastics waste going to landfills to zero. While seven EU Member States as well as Norway and Switzerland introduced landfill bans, other Members States still rely on landfilling as the cheapest waste management option. The experience of these nine countries show that phasing out landfilling together with a better implementation and enforcement of existing waste legislation is crucial to achieve a more resource efficient Europe. To reach this aim, recycling should be the preferred option, and when recycling is not the most eco-efficient choice, energy recovery should be considered as an alternative.
Source: Plastics Europe