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Recycling capacity in Europe

According to PRE, the EU 28+2 had a total recycling capacity of more than 8.5 million tonnes in 2019.

According to Kunststoff Information, the European industry association Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) recently published an overview of the European plastics recycling industry for the EU 28+2 in 2019 with its "Report on Plastics Recycling Statistics 2020". According to the report, the industry comprises 600 companies with around 20,000 employees and a total recycling capacity of more than 8.5 million tonnes for all polymers. Turnover was more than Euro 3 billion in 2019. The top recycled polymer was PET with a share of around 30 per cent, followed by PE-LD with 29 per cent and PE-HD/PP with 20 per cent. PVC came in at 10 per cent, PS at only 0.5 per cent. Five European countries - Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain and France - represent 67 percent of the total recycling capacity. According to the report, Germany has the highest installed recycling capacity for PET with 25 per cent and for PE-LD with 15 per cent. Italy, on the other hand, leads in dimensionally stable packaging made of PE-HD and PP with 23 per cent. The total recyclate output in the EU area is stated at around 5 million tonnes. This means that there is still a long way to go to reach the EU Commission's recovery target of 10 million tonnes per year by 2025.



  • KI (24.3.2021)
  • Photo: © MultiPet GmbH

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