Collection and sorting is the way forward
Since 1993, the entire PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) value chain has been ready to industrially recycle PET, to an extent that the PET recycling companies have always been in overcapacity in the EU. Ambitious recycling targets have been set by the EU Plastics Strategy; to make sure that the collection and sorting will meet the recycling capacities, Petcore Europe and the Parliament Magazine organized two round table discussion in the European Parliament. During the first one on 19 February, the PET industry shared best practices with EU policymakers, NGOs and stakeholders alike.
The second event on 20 March, kindly hosted by MEP Mark Demesmaeker, focused on ways forward regarding collection and sorting. He pointed out that the circular economy for plastics is a big opportunity to invest and innovate in the entire value chain and to turn public concern into shared responsibility.
Demesmaeker stressed the fact that the Single Use Plastics Directive will bring separate collection targets of 90 % for PET beverage bottles by 2029, an important achievement. Industry representatives from the entire PET value chain and policy makers will have to collaborate in order to reach the ambitious collection and recycling targets.