Chemical recycling Europe calls for legislation to improve circular economy plastics in EU

2020-06-10

In a recent position paper, Chemical Recycling Europe, a trade association founded last year to promote and implement innovative solutions for the chemical recycling of plastic waste, has called for faster recognition and legislation review to unlock the potential of chemical recycling.

In a recent position paper, Chemical Recycling Europe, a trade association founded last year to promote and implement innovative solutions for the chemical recycling of plastic waste, has called for faster recognition and legislation review to unlock the potential of chemical recycling.

The organisation explained that the recycling industry plays an important role in the transition to a more circular economy by turning polymeric waste into new value-added materials.

It went on to argue that the sustainable management of waste and use of resources is at the heart of the European Green Deal.

According to Chemical Recycling Europe, while the new Circular Economy Action Plan aims at accelerating transformational change required by the EU Green Deal, in order to meet its ambitions and to reach EU recycling targets laid down in the EU Plastics Strategy, there is an urgent need to develop and implement new technologies for the recycling of polymeric waste, going beyond the limitations of traditional mechanical recycling.

Chemical recycling, said the organisation, complements the current recycling approaches and has the potential to be “an environmental game-changer” by processing polymeric wastes which are currently difficult to recycle.

It concluded that that investment in developing chemical recycling technologies and infrastructure will lead to the creation of new jobs and the protection of our environment by curbing CO2 emissions and increasing EU recycling capacity.

The full position paper can be read below.

Introduction

The recycling industry plays an important role in the transition to a more circular economy by turning polymeric waste into new value-added materials.

The sustainable management of waste and use of resources is at the heart of the European Green Deal1. While the new Circular Economy Action Plan2 aims at accelerating transformational change required by the EU Green Deal, in order to meet its ambitions and to reach EU recycling targets laid down in the EU Plastics Strategy3, there is an urgent need to develop and implement new technologies for the recycling of polymeric waste, going beyond the limitations of traditional mechanical recycling.

Chemical Recycling complements the current recycling approaches and has the potential to be an environmental game-changer by processing polymeric wastes which are currently difficult to recycle. Investment in developing chemical recycling technologies and infrastructure will lead to the creation of new jobs and the protection of our environment by curbing CO2 emissions and increasing EU recycling capacity.

Waste Management World, 10 June 2020
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