As reported in an article on January 11, 2019 by news provider Plastic News Europe, the European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) published results from its second survey on the use of recycled plastic materials (rPM), which was launched in January 2018 (FPF reported). The survey involved 376 companies within the European plastics converting industry across 21 countries, and it aimed to follow up on results from the first survey conducted in 2017 (FPF reported).

EuPC reported that:

  • Quality of recycled plastic is a major concern, with 76% of survey respondents identifying that “improvement of collection and sorting of plastic waste would be the most suitable way to increase the quality of rPM.”
  • 53% responded that quality could be improved through “investments in better recycling technologies by recyclers”, and 29% felt that “better design for recycling” is a way forward.
  • Only 2 of the 10 plastic materials included in the survey showed that the supply of the material is currently sufficient. The summary notes that “an increase of the rPM volumes that are incorporated into new products as envisioned in the [European] Plastics Strategy is practically impossible under the current conditions.”

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

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Plastics News Europe (January 14, 2019). “EuPC survey highlights role of collection, sorting in recyclates quality.”

EuPC (January 10, 2019). “EuPC publishes results of its 2nd survey on the use of recycled plastics materials.”

Polymer Comply Europe. “EuPC Surveys on the Use of rPM by Plastics Converters.”