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Managing Editor  | July 2017

PlasticsEurope announces industry drive for recycling solutions for polystyrene


PlasticsEurope, the European Association of Plastics Manufacturers, recently announced that it was launching an industry-wide initiative to develop recycling solutions for polystyrene, a plastic material that is used in numerous applications from food packaging to electronics to automotive parts to a foam material that is commonly used in construction.

 

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PlasticsEurope has launched an industry-wide initiative for recycling solutions
for polystyrene. (Wikimedia Commons)

 

This initiative will be part of the European Union’s plan to create a sustainable, circular economy and PlasticsEurope noted that it will “engage the value chain” in the creation of new recycling technologies.

 

“Focusing on chemical recycling, the PlasticsEurope initiative aims at converting collected post-consumer polystyrene waste into virgin polystyrene,” the press release stated. “New technologies will enable the incorporation of post-consumer waste into plastic manufacturers’ production processes. The target is to generate high-quality polystyrene to meet the most demanding standards, ultimately for food contact applications.”

 

Norbert Niessner, Chairman of the Chemical Recycling Working Group, added, “These technologies, through an extensive collaboration along the value chain, will provide efficient and sustainable solutions to today’s environmental challenges.”

 

"The initiative paves the way to increasing the circularity of plastics. Finding new ways to recycle represents an increased opportunity to save valuable resources for future generations and avoid plastics ending up in landfills,” said Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope. "New recycling technologies can further enhance the recovery of high value feedstock from consumer waste.”

 

This initiative is one part of the plans that PlasticsEurope announced at the K2016 trade fair held in October, which included the creation of a new Plastics Packaging Circular Economy Group to devise sustainable solutions.

 

To learn more about the efforts of PlasticsEurope, visit http://www.plasticseurope.org

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