32 European associations urge the EU to adopt rules to calculate chemically recycled content in plastics

Manufacturers, converters and users of plastic products or plastics packaging in all sectors are keen to significantly increase the supply and use of recycled plastics.

While mechanical recycling should remain the preferred choice, more investments in all technologies are needed to increase recycling. This includes chemical recycling which allows for the use of plastic waste, especially feedstock not suitable for mechanical recycling, to produce new plastics.

For chemical recycling to succeed and be available at scale, we need to urgently intensify investments in these technologies. This is why a group of 32 associations representing major market sectors along the European plastics value chain have issued a joint letter calling on the European Commission and Member States to adopt EU harmonised calculating rules for recycled content, by means of mass balance in 2023.

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