Environmental industry urge Council to support 35% recycled plastic target

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Following the European Parliament’s vote on setting a target of at least 35% recycled plastic in beverage bottles by 2025, 12 industry organisations and environmental NGO’s have signed a joint statement to urge the Council to support the target.  

This target is instrumental for achieving the objectives of the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive and helping transition towards a more circular economy, according to the co-signatories. They suggest is also corrects the market failure to not value recycled material more while gaining investment in collection and recycling.  

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The signatories are urging the Council to support the target because of the 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste generated in Europe annually, less than 30% is collected for recycling, with the demand for recycled plastics accounting for only around 6% of plastics demand in Europe.  

For the signatories, the minimum target of 35% recycled plastic is a key contributor to the creation of a steady market for recyclates, and will send a signal to: 

  • Boost the offer of recyclable plastics and the demand of recycled plastics 
  • Provide operators with the necessary certainty they need to make significant investments in recycling technology  
  • Take advantage of China’s import restrictions on plastic waste by making Europe the leader in tackling marine litter from SUP thanks to measures closing the entire plastic loop. 

The co-signatories include FEAD, EURIC, European Environmental Bureau, Reloop, Recycling Netwerk, Recircula, Retorna, Tomra, Recycling Netwerk Benelux, Have you got the bottle, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Deutsche Umwelthilfe and Keep Britain Tidy.  

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