A survey organized by the Brussels-based European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) has found that as of 2017 just 27 percent of European plastics converting companies that responded say their customers “are sufficiently aware of the benefits and need to use recycled plastic materials (rPM).”
EuPC launched its survey Europe’s plastics converting industry in May 2017. Survey questions focused on the current and future use of rPM. In the five-month survey period some 485 participants from 28 different countries filled in an online questionnaire.
A report on the results of the survey has been published in October 2017 in cooperation with Polymer Comply Europe Sarl. (PCE), which conducted the survey on behalf of EuPC. The report provides insight into the current state of affairs regarding the use of rPM by plastics converting companies, and EuPC says it has been designed to “provide valuable information for authorities and organizations as well as companies throughout the whole plastics value chain.”
Some of the survey’s findings include:
- The quality of rPM remains the biggest barrier to a stronger use of recyclables as raw materials. Almost 60 percent of European plastics converting companies surveyed say they find it hard or very had to get a supply of rPM in an acceptable quality.
- Customers of converting companies may not support the use of rPM well enough. Only 27 percent of converting companies surveyed said their customers are sufficiently aware of the benefits and needs to use rPM.
- The current regulatory framework needs to be adapted to adequately support the use of rPM. Almost 60 percent of those surveyed indicated current regulations are not suitable to support a stronger use of rPM in the future.
The survey is part of a larger initiative of EuPC to gain more knowledge about the use of rPM in the plastics converting industry. Further surveys and workshops with national plastics associations are expected to follow in 2018 and beyond, says the group.
All EuPC members and participating companies will receive the detailed report on the results of the survey. Other interested parties can acquire the report by registering on the Polymer Comply Europe website.