Europe recovers over one-third of plastics

Rising waste recovery outstrips increasing consumption, mechanical recycling up by 17%

Recycling and recovery of waste plastics in Europe showed significant growth in 2000, according to figures released by the Association of plastics manufacturers in Europe (Apme), rising to 36% from 32% in 1999. In tonnage terms, this represented an increase of 11%, compared with 5% the previous year (EED 06/04/01).

For the first time, growth in recovery was higher than consumption growth. Although total plastics consumption rose by 3.4% between 1999 and 2000, bringing per-capita use to 91.5 kilograms, increased recovery meant that the amount of waste plastics going to landfill did not increase.

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