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RECLAMATION AND RECYCLING I NEWS.

"HERCULEAN TASK" FACES EU RECYCLERS UNDER NEW CIRCULARITY PLEDGES

Six European plastics organisations have pledged to launch 'Circularity Platforms' and adhere to voluntary commitments that will aim to reach 50 per cent plastics waste recycling by 2040. These, they say, will drive the recycling of plastics products in Europe and considerably reduce litter volumes.

Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), Petcore Europe, the European Carpet and Rug Association (ECRA), the Polyolefin Circularity Platform (PCEP Europe), European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and VinylPlus have described the transition towards a circular economy as a "herculean task" that demands strong commitment and concrete action from all parties involved.

The aim of the various Circularity Platforms and voluntary commitments is to develop common goals and actions for a sector as large and fragmented as the European plastics industry. The associations said the "extremely ambitious goal" to reach 50 per cent recycling and reuse of plastics waste as well as 70 per cent recycling and reuse of plastic packaging can only be reached through platforms involving the entire value chain: from raw material producers, designers, converters, collectors and recyclers to brand owners and specifiers.

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COMMISSION SETS 2030 TARGET TO MAKE ALL PLASTIC PACKAGING RECYCLABLE

All plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030 under plans to tackle plastic pollution published by the European Commission.

The EU-wide strategy on plastics also aims to reduce single-use plastics, as well as restricting the use of micro plastics.

The Commission says the new EU-wide plastic strategy will transform the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU.

Presenting an overview of the plastics strategy, first Vice-President Frans Timmermans responsible for sustainable development, said: "We can't live without plastics, but we can be killed by them if we don't change our policies.

"If we don't change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050. We must stop plastics getting into our water, our food, and even our bodies. The only long-term solution is to reduce plastic waste by recycling and reusing more. This is a challenge that citizens, industry and governments must tackle together. With the EU Plastics Strategy we are also driving a new and more circular business model."

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INADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE AND BUDGET FOR 'ON THE GO' RECYCLING

The findings of a survey looking at the UK's use of 'On the Go' recycling has highlighted that the systems in place are failing.

RECOUP carried out the survey of Local Authorities in the UK with the aim of gaining an insight into the service provision and collection 'On the Go' - i.e. outside of the home. The responses from nearly 100 Local Authorities suggested that there is inadequate 'On the Go' collection infrastructure for both collection of recycling and residual waste material.

For many Local Authorities answering the survey, the cost versus benefit does not add up. There are significant costs in providing 'On the Go' collection services and high levels of contamination from the material collected, and many Local Authorities reported that the budget can be better spent on increasing quantities and reducing contamination in kerbside collections.

It was made clear investment is needed to prove the business case for 'On the Go' collection schemes. To do this effectively it was reported good data is needed to assess costs and potential benefits, with funding needed for procurement and installation of bins, scheme maintenance and collection of material, and also for consumer communication and education to promote effective use of the schemes.

RECOUP Technical Manager, Steve Morgan, stated: "We are increasingly seeing the priority placed to 'On the Go' services to reduce litter and also provide services for the public to recycle away from home. This survey shows the scale of the challenges that Local Authorities are facing to provide effective collection services."

Steve Brunt, Joint Assistant Director, Streetscene, at Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Councils, added: "We found that the operational difficulties outweigh any potential benefits to 'On the Go' collections we would have gained through contribution to our combined recycling rate. The cost vs benefit needs to be proven. We have concentrated on increasing performance kerbside dry recycling and organic waste collections." The Local Authority Disposal 'On the Go' Survey report can be downloaded from the RECOUP website.

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