The President of the European Plastics Recyclers (EuPR) has called on the EU to amend the existing Packaging Waste Directive in order to keep material within Europe and limit exports.
In a debate about exports of plastic waste at the European Parliament, Bernard Merkx said plastic recyclers “need a steady supply of waste to produce quality materials to replace virgin plastics in certain applications. This can only be achieved if mechanical plastics recycler in Europe can access better the European waste flow and develop quality materials for reuse into final products.
“If EU politicians think seriously about resource efficiency they should amend the existing EU packaging waste directive and ask member states to report only plastics material recycling in Europe and count the export volumes.”
According to Merkx more than two thirds of total plastics waste is exported outside of the EU, which has the potential to jeopardise investments recyclers have made in new equipment, sorting lines and additional capacity.
Furthermore, an extra 50,000 direct jobs could be created if member states agreed to limit exports.
You can read Closed Loop managing director Chris Dow’s report on the event here