Recycling is a vital element in creating a closed loop for sustainable plastics. Improvements in collection and sorting, coupled with new ways to recycle complex plastics, help to retain the value of plastic through its lifecycle. And with targets defined by the European Union for mandatory recycled content, innovation and investment are key in finding better ways to reduce waste and improve recycling efficiency every step of the way.

Recycling technologies

Reducing GHG emissions by keeping discarded waste as a resource within the circular economy. It reduces the need for the resources to make new plastics from raw materials. It saves the energy needed for and the emissions generated from the refining and manufacturing processes.

Read more about recycling technologies.

Chemical recycling

Chemical recycling is the process of converting polymeric waste by changing its chemical structure and turning it back into substances that can be used as raw materials for the manufacturing of plastics or other products. There are different chemical recycling technologies, e.g. pyrolysis, gasification, hydro-cracking and depolymerisation.

Find out how chemical recycling contributes to the circular plastics economy.

Mandatory recycled content

European plastics producers support the European Commission’s proposal for a mandatory EU recycled content1 target for plastics packaging and have called for a target of 30% for plastics packaging by 2030.

Read about the investment in technology solutions from our members to reach this goal.

Zero plastics to landfill

Using waste as a resource is key to becoming more resource-efficient. At the end of their service life, plastics are still too valuable to simply be thrown away.

Learn about how we are supporting zero plastics to landfill.

1 As per the recycling definition in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, article 3(7).