Blueprint for plastics packaging waste: Quality sorting and recycling
ACR+ member Deloitte Sustainability has conducted a study, commissioned by Plastic Recyclers Europe, showing that the 65% recycling target for plastic packaging is achievable by 2025. The study determines a set of measures and necessary tools that will result in attaining this recycling rate.
Proposed measures focus among other aspects on improving the quality and capacity of the sorting of plastic packaging waste across the EU. An additional measure, such as Design for Recycling would increase the recyclability of plastics packaging on the market and reduce sorting and recycling costs. These measures would lead to an increased quality of the produced recyclates and ultimately raise consumers’ confidence in recycled products. The recommended measures should be complemented with a strong communication across the plastics value chain and with a legislative push enabling higher uptake of recycled materials.
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