On October 25, 2017, the industry group European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) published the results of its survey on the use of recycled plastic materials (rPM) in Europe. The survey, launched in May 2017, was open until the end of September 2017 to all plastic converters operating in Europe (FPF reported). 485 participants, mainly from the packaging sector and representing 28 different countries, took part in the survey. Key findings of the survey include:
1) The main barriers to increased use of rPM are unsatisfactory quality and supply.
2) Customers of converting companies do not yet provide enough support for the use of rPM.
3) The current regulatory framework does not yet adequately support the use of rPM. Particularly regarding food contact applications and legacy additives, legal issues hinder the use of rPM (FPF reported).

The detailed survey results can be accessed free of charge after registering on the Polymer Comply Europe website.

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EuPC (October 25, 2017). “EuPC publishes results of its survey on the use of recycled plastics materials.

Jenny Eagle (October 27, 2017). “Quality of rPM ‘biggest barrier’ when using recyclates as raw materials.Beverage Daily

Plastics News Europe (November 2, 2017). “EuPC survey finds rPM quality biggest barrier for use of recyclates.