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Plastics recycling association calls for landfill ban across Europe

A group of European plastics manufacturers have called for an effective ban on the landfilling of waste across EU member states in order to encourage investment and innovation in new recycling infrastructure.

The association for European plastics manufacturers PlasticsEurope, wants policy makers to enforce legislation, encouraging all waste to be diverted from landfill. It believes many EU member states are continuing to invest in landfill as a cheap short-term solution when they should be improving resource efficiency.

The suggestion comes ahead of the European Resource Efficiency Roadmap, which is expected to be launched next month.

PlasticsEurope executive director Wilfried Haensel said: “Eliminating landfill in all European countries is far from being an unrealistic goal. Frontrunner countries have reduced landfilling of plastics waste to almost zero, with significant environmental benefits. However, in more than half of EU Member States over two thirds of end-of-life plastics still end up in landfills. This is often a result of poor enforcement of existing European legislation and short sighted waste management policies at local level.

“PlasticsEurope therefore calls for an effective Europe-wide ban on landfill to be a key element of the implementation of the EU’s resource efficiency strategy.”

According to the association, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Austria have already managed to unlock private investment into waste collection, sorting, recycling and recovery following the implementation of significant landfill restrictions.

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  • If the goal is to promote plastics recycling, then the ban should extend to incineration as well as landfill.

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