Using a study of the 2016 Polyolefin material flow as a baseline, we voluntarily commited to:
Progress towards our voluntary pledge to increase the volume of recycled post-consumer polyolefin content used in European products to 3 million tonnes a year by 2025 is measured using PCEP’s study of collected Polyolefin (PO) waste in Europe, undertaken by Conversio.
The original pledge was based on PCEP 2016 market data and the 2019 market study showed steady progress with clear increase in the volume of recyclates from collected post-consumer waste.
In addition to monitoring progress, the data generated through this survey helps us determine where we need to focus our efforts to move faster. And while polyolefins are still more recycled than the plastics industry average, the 2019 results show there is plenty of room for improvement.
The data demonstrates the scale of the opportunity to drive more waste away from landfill or energy recovery and towards recyclers instead. There’s an evident need for significant investment in collection, sorting and recycling infrastructure and PCEP has been calling on all the appropriate organisations and authorities to make this a reality.
It is unclear what impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on progress to increased circularity and we will therefore undertake the study again to establish the reality of the 2021 material flow.
Polyolefins are vital materials if we want to decarbonise our society and have high quality, safe, eco-friendly lives. They are a leading material across a wide variety of industries and applications, ranging from everyday household use to specialised industrial applications.
ON AVERAGE 34.3KG OF POST-CONSUMER POLYOLEFIN WASTE IS COLLECTED PER CAPITA
GERMANY, UK, FRANCE, ITALY, SPAIN AND POLAND REPRESENT 70% OF THE TOTAL COLLECTED POLYOLEFIN WASTE
71% OF POST-CONSUMER COLLECTED POLYOLEFIN WASTE IS PACKAGING, CONTRIBUTING 83% OF RECYCLED POLYOLEFIN ON THE MARKET
POLYOLEFINS REPRESENT 49% OF PLASTIC CONVERTER DEMAND IN 2018 = 25MT
POLYOLEFINS REPRESENT 70% OF PLASTIC PACKAGING DEMAND
POLYOLEFINS REPRESENT 61% OF ALL COLLECTED POST-CONSUMER PLASTICS WASTE