Plastics Recyclers Europe, based in Brussels, represents over 100 plastic recyclers in Europe. The quantity of plastic waste which PRE member companies recycle is growing every year – currently this is already more than 2.4 million tonnes a year.
PRE represents the interests of plastic recycling companies in Europe and provides a network for the exchange of expertise. PRE has eight working groups corresponding to the materials in question. In order to ensure that a particular recycler’s interests are dealt with, PRE has put in place horizontal working groups which ensure frequent information exchange between the various polymer groups. more
There is more information on PRE’s work and goals in the Strategy Paper.
PRE is campaigning for more plastic recycling. An increase in the mechanical recycling of plastic waste signifies greater resource conservation. Most important is that the environment benefits from fewer CO2 emissions.
To achieve more recycling, PRE is following a strategy which is based on three pillars (see the PRE Strategy Paper). One of the pillars is “Design for Recycling”. In this context we want to encourage designers and manufacturers to pay particular attention to recyclability when designing a package. Design is the most important requirement for the recyclability of a package. An increase in the recyclability of packaging results in a marked improvement in the quality of the products which are manufactured from recycled plastics.
The tool allows easy and effortless checking of the recyclability of a particular plastic package or packaging concept, and sets out the best way to arrive there. However“RecyClass” is also a label, and a package seperately certified can be promoted as being environmentally friendly. This will influence the buying decisions of consumers who pay attention to the recyclability of packaging.
Assess, improve and endorse the recyclability of your packaging
In January 2018, the European Commission released European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy where it urged the plastics industry and its value chain to encourage and ensure a shift in production of plastic packaging. The plastics industry’s business as usual is at crossroads, as recyclability is becoming a priority aspect in packaging design. This has triggered several brands to announce pledges to work towards increased recyclability of packaging. More
Recycling starts in the product design phase. The key to more sustainable plastics is better design of plastics and plastics products.