The European plastics recycling industry is closing production due to Covid-19 and the European Commission need to step in and help the sector, urged trade body Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE).
It called for the EU and member states to include recycling as a sector supported by recovery plans.
Ton Emans, PRE (@RecyclersEU), said: “If the situation is to persist and no actions are taken to remedy the sector, plastics recycling will cease to be profitable, hampering the attainment of the EU recycling targets and putting in jeopardy the transition towards circular plastics.”
In such a case, recyclable plastic waste will have no alternatives but to be sent to landfill or incineration, PRE warned.
PRE added that it foresees damage to the plastic recycling market as consisting of both “grave environmental consequences” and “far-reaching socioeconomic impacts due to the extensive employment in the [scrap] management value chain.”
It explained: “Safeguarding the positive developments within this market is essential to reduce Europe’s use of virgin plastics and, therefore, for the survival of the secondary raw materials market as well as further investments in the sector.”