In Europe corresponding recycling paths have already been established for certain polymers and particular types of packaging. Packaging which can be assigned to one of these streams using current sorting technology, will be considered recyclable. Plastics Recyclers Europe have specific working groups corresponding to each of these waste streams.
In principle used plastic packagings can be recovered through three methods:
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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.