European trade associations EuPC, PlasticsEurope and PRE have issued a statement calling for "a truly European Circular Economy for plastics".
In the statement to the European and International communities they ask for commitment to zero plastics to landfill by 2025 and EU-wide quality standards for plastic to be developed in-line with sorted waste specifications.
Nearly all types of plastics can be recycled, however the extent to which they are recycled depends upon technical, economic and logistic factors.
As a valuable and finite resource, the optimum recovery route for most plastic items at the ‘end-of-life’ is to be recycled, preferably back into a product that can then be recycled again and again and so on.
The UK uses over 5 million tonnes of plastic each year of which an estimated 29% is currently being recovered or recycled.
Michael Kundel, EuPC president, said: "This circular economy package is the right way forward for the plastics industry to further enhance sustainability in our way of doing business. It will also guide consumers and public authorities in the same direction. Industry will develop innovative tools and new business models as well as products that will contribute to the new circular economy within the next decades. We will work together to develop quality recyclates to fulfill the future needs in our plastics industry markets."