Recently published data from PlasticsEurope and the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery (EPRO) has revealed that 69.2% of plastics waste collected within the EU were either recycled or sent for energy recovery in 2014.
Of the 69.2%, 29.7% of these plastics were recycled, while 39.5% were sent for recovery.
Despite the rise in the amount of plastics waste recycled or recovered, of the 25.8m tonnes of total post-consumer plastics waste, 8m tonnes was still sent to landfill.
The highest plastics recycling rate was achieved in Norway, which reached 40%. The lowest was achieved by Malta, with approximately 14%.
Rates topping 30% were achieved in Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and Estonia.
The UK recycled 29% of its waste plastic.
Countries with a landfill ban on plastic waste received higher rates of recycling.