New AMI directory details activities of over 990 plastics recyclers in Europe

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Bristol, UK — A new edition of the „Plastics Recyclers in Europe“ directory listing 993 plastics recycling sites gives a clear picture of Europe`s recycling capabilities. It has recently been published by plastics industry consultants Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI). The publication forms part of AMI`s informative plastics processing series, detailing the plant locations and activities of Europe`s mechanical plastics recyclers.

The plastics recycling industry is an extremely diverse sector covering most plastic materials and numerous applications from the various processing industries. Those covered in AMI`s Directory „Plastics Recyclers in Europe“ include recyclers of packaging, building, agricultural, automotive, textiles, electrical WEEE and non-WEEE, along with a variety of other products. As recycling technologies develop, they too have the ability to recover more plastics, with closed loop recycling of post-consumer waste becoming ever more evident. However, the majority of waste recycled is still post-industrial production scrap due to its ready availability and the minimal amount of processing required to turn it back into reusable material.

Almost all polymers can be recycled, however the extent varies due to the technologies required, cost of processing and inevitably demand. The most commonly recycled polymer in Europe according to AMI`s directory is currently HDPE with 64 percent of the sites listed recycling it. This is closely followed by LDPE and PP.

The distribution of the 993 mechanical recycling sites listed in AMI`s directory is spread across Western and Central Europe. Germany is leading the way, housing over 20 percent of the sites listed due to their strict policies and targets for recycling which over recent years has seen it maintain its steady lead in Europe. The scale and size of Germany`s recycling industry is also reflected in it being home to more of the larger processors, with over 40 percent of Germany`s recycling sites producing more than 5000 tonnes of recyclate per annum. Italy and the United Kingdom come joint second to Germany each with 13 percent of sites listed. However, there is still a large gap to bridge before they can compete with the plastics recycling capacity offered by Germany.

In a time, when the European thermoplastics industry cannot ignore environmental issues, AMI`s Directory „Plastics Recyclers in Europe“ is an indispensable source of information for companies who want to find an environmentally friendly and financially beneficial solution to recycling their waste and/or source recycled materials for their production needs.

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Source: Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI)