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Industry backs minimum recycled content for bottles

Europe’s waste industry has thrown its weight behind a European Parliament proposal to stiffen a proposed directive by requiring drinks containers to comprise at least 25% of recycled plastics by 2025.

If adopted this would go further than the proposed single-use plastics directive.

The idea is intended to encourage the creation of a steady market for recyclates and improve the circular economy for plastics.

The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation and the waste and resource management industry body FEAD said in a joint statement that collecting up to 90% of waste plastic bottles in 2025, as proposed in the directive, “is a welcomed first step but will not be enough to steer the plastic markets towards fewer single-use bottles”.

They added: “A strong signal is needed to boost both the offer of recyclable plastics and the demand of recycled plastics.

“The draft European  proposal to include at least 25% of recycled plastics in beverage containers is a crucial first step in this direction, and we fully support its inclusion in the legal text.”

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