PlasticsEurope Drives Polystyrene Recycling with New Scheme

PlasticsEurope Drives Polystyrene Recycling with New Scheme

PlasticsEurope has launched an exciting new initiative aimed at driving rates of polystyrene recycling.

PlasticsEurope Drives Polystyrene Recycling with New Scheme

In order to bring the plastics industry in line with the EU’s circular economy plans, the plastics industry body has made it its mission o engage the value chain in developing new routes for plastics at end of life.

Focusing on chemical recycling, the PlasticsEurope initiative aims at converting collected post-consumer polystyrene waste into virgin polystyrene. New technologies will enable the incorporation of post-consumer waste into plastic manufacturers’ production processes. The target is to generate high-quality polystyrene to meet the most demanding standards, ultimately for food contact applications.

“These technologies, through an extensive collaboration along the value chain, will provide efficient and sustainable solutions to today’s environmental challenges”, said Norbert Niessner, Chairman of the Chemical Recycling Working Group.

“The initiative paves the way to increasing the circularity of plastics. Finding new ways to recycle represents an increased opportunity to save valuable resources for future generations and avoid plastics ending up in landfills,” added Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope. “New recycling technologies can further enhance the recovery of high value feedstock from consumer waste.”

Source: eppm

About PlasticsEurope :

PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We are networking with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU28 member states plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.5 million people are working in approximately 60,000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover above 340 bn EUR per year. The plastics industry includes polymer producers – represented by PlasticsEurope, converters – represented by EuPC – and machine manufacturers – represented by EUROMAP

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