A Europe-based plastics recycling association says it is supporting a recycling vision expressed by the European Union’s Environmental Commissioner Janez Potocnik.
The European Plastics Recyclers (EuPR) has released a statement saying the association and its members fully support the EU Commissioner regarding how to increase the amount of plastics collected for recycling. The EuPR says plastics recycling must be dominant over energy recovery and landfill banning. The plastics recycling industry is ready to invest and create new jobs, the EuPR says.
“Given the fact that our resources are limited, we cannot afford to continue the irresponsible practice of sending half of our plastics waste to landfills,” says Tom Emans, president of the EuPR. “The vision of Commissioner Potocnik is the right way to go for Europe. Energy from waste should also be limited to non-recyclables to further push circular material flows.”
Potocnik’s outlook was expressed during the 2012 PolyTalk conference in Wiesbaden, Germany. In his statement, Commissioner Potocnik underlined that to achieve the full potential of resource efficiency for plastics, Europe needs to pursue two main objectives: reduce landfills as quickly as possible, switch from energy recovery to recycling.
Adds Emans, “Given the difficult economic situation, Europe must take the opportunity to save resources and create jobs at the same time. European plastics recyclers are ready to take on these challenges and contribute to a more sustainable plastics production industry in Europe.”
EuPR, which is comprised of plastics recyclers in Europe, has been established to “promote plastics mechanical recycling and conditions that enable profitable and sustainable business while offering a service platform” to its members.