EuPR, the Brussels-based organization representing European plastics recyclers, has developed eco-design guidelines for HDPE (high-density polyethylene) bottles designed to boost recycling levels.
Christian-Yves Crépet, chairman of EuPR’s HDPE Working Group, says, “HDPE is a very good and easily recyclable material.”
However, he says currently only 300,000 metric tons of HDPE bottles are being recycled annually in Europe, which represents 10 to 15 percent of the HDPE material generated in Europe. Crépet adds that this situation can be rectified by addressing various aspects, such as “an increase in the collection rates, the design of HDPE products put on the market and the technological improvements made by recyclers.”
EuPR says that to meet higher plastics recycling targets set out in EU legislation, more material needs to be recovered for recycling within the next five years.
Regarding eco-design, the EuPR guidelines have been developed with the aim of getting good quality recyclate that can be used in new products, such as milk bottles.
“The various actors of the HDPE value chain must now cooperate together in order to get HDPE on the path to sustainability,” Crépet says.
EuPR says it is ready to take a leading role to promote more recycling of HDPE in Europe, but to do so EuPR needs closer cooperation from brand owners who care about the sustainability of HDPE bottles.
The new HDPE recycling guidelines can be downloaded from the EuPR website at www.plasticsrecyclers.eu.
The EuPR will hold a workshop this summer. Interested parties can contact Antonino Furfari at firstname.lastname@example.org about attending.