The European Union could achieve a plastics recycling target of 62 percent by 2020 if it implements a number of resource efficient changes, according to a new report by Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE).
Plastics Recyclers Europe released a study showing that a higher recycling rate for plastics will create benefits for the European Union environment, economy and resource efficiency.
The report says that a plastics recycling target of 62 percent is achievable by 2020.
PRE set out to find the “best pathway” to increase recycling and introduces what it calls the Vision for Resource Efficiency (VRE).
It says implementing the VRE would help divert more than 24m tonnes of plastic waste from landfill, recover energy from 7.5m tonnes of residual waste and avoid more than 26 metric tonnes of carbon emissions.
It could also save more than £3.8bn and create around 360,000 jobs across the EU.
Ton Emans, PRE president – “In the long run, economic growth, demographic changes and growing scarcity of raw materials will not allow Europe the luxury of wasting 76 percent of all plastic materials used. Urgent measures are needed in order to increase recycling rates for plastics”
“This study, commissioned to Bio Intelligence Service, aims to put forward the most suitable scenario in order to further improve the sustainability of plastics via recycling in Europe in the period to 2020. Enhancing plastics recycling will save scarce resources, create jobs and reduce environmental impacts,” said Ton Emans, PRE president.
“The current plastics recycling situation is no longer acceptable,” he said. “In the long run, economic growth, demographic changes and growing scarcity of raw materials will not allow Europe the luxury of wasting 76 percent of all plastic materials used. Urgent measures are needed in order to increase recycling rates for plastics. This study proposes crucial measures that should be taken in order to achieve this.”
According to PRE the implementation of the Vision for Resource Efficiency will:
- efficiently use all plastic waste generated by putting 11m tonnes of plastics recyclates on the market
- divert more than 24m tonnes of plastic waste from landfill
- recover energy from 7.5m tonnes of residual waste
- Create around 360 000 jobs (of which 120 000 directly employed by recyclers)
- Save more than €4.5bn (by substitution for virgin plastics)
- avoid emissions of more than 26m tones CO2.
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