A 7 percent increase: Europe recycled over 65 billion PET bottles in 2013

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Source: Petcore Europe

Brussels — PET is the most recycled plastic material in Europe, according a Brussels-based trade association. Petcore Europe`s new figures underline that the overall collection of PET bottles in Europe with 1.64 million tonnes represent a 7 per cent increase on 2012.

Chairman of Petcore Europe,  Roberto Bertaggia, balanced: “The demand for PET as the packaging material of choice continues to grow, penetrating new markets with innovative applications. The extraordinary ability of PET to be recycled and reused into a wide variety of end uses is part of this success story and is helping towards the movement to a circular economy in Europe.“

And he added: „From a sustainability perspective, our industry is thrilled that last year the equivalent of around 56 per cent of PET containers in circulation were collected for reclamation and recycling. There is however still a huge disparity in collection rates amongst the Member States, and all stakeholders need to work together to align the collection processes to deliver the increased recycling objectives recently announced by the European Commission.“

Casper van den Dungen, PET Chairman at Plastics Recyclers Europe and a Board member of Petcore Europe, commented: „We still have considerable spare recycling capacity to enable us to recycle more. However, one of the factors that will reduce our ability to utilise our available spare capacity is the increasing complexity of some collected baled bottles. Improved and standardised collection and sorting processes would help address this situation“.

The findings of „Post Consumer PET recycling in Europe 2013 and Prospects to 2018“ will be presented during the PET Network Day 2014 conference in Brussels on 9 October.

Source: Petcore Europe