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Plastics Europe – Facts 2018 - Excerpt "Recycling" - March 2019

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Plastics the Facts 2018 is a comprehensive overview of the production, use and recycling of plastics in Europe. This excerpt was prepared for the Global Recycling Day 2019. You can find the complete report here: https://www.plasticseurope.org/application/files/6315/4510/9658/Plastics_the_facts_2018_AF_web.pdf

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Plastics Europe – Facts 2018 - Excerpt "Recycling" - March 2019

  1. 1. Most countries have plastic packaging recycling rates above 35% 45%More than 30%Less than From 40 to 45% 30 to 40%From In 2016, 19 countries had plastic packaging recycling rates higher than 35%. Two countries achieved a recycling rate of 50% or more (Germany and Czechia). Plastic PACKAGING recycling rates across Europe © PlasticsEurope
  2. 2. 12. 5 1 0 7. 5 5 2.5 7.4 12. 9 8.4 4.7 11. 3 7.0 -43%Landfill Energy recovery +61% Recycling +79% 2016 27.1 m t Total waste collected +11% 24.5 m t 2006 In ten years, plastic waste recycling has increased by almost 80% From 2006 to 2016 the volumes of plastic waste collected for recycling increased by 79%, energy recovery increased by 61% and landfill decreased by 43%. 2006-2016 evolution of plastic waste treatment(EU28+NO/CH) m t 1 5 © PlasticsEurope
  3. 3. Landfill bans foster higher recycling rates Recycling EnergyrecoveryCountries with landfill restrictionimplemented France Landfill Countries with landfill restrictions of recyclable and recoverable waste have, on average, higher recycling rates of plastic post-consumer waste. Source: Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH Plastic post-consumer waste rates of recycling, energy recovery and landfill per country in 2016 © PlasticsEurope
  4. 4. post-consumer packaging waste 40.8% Recycling 38.8% Energy recovery Landfill 20.4% 16.7 mt collectedplastic Recycling is the first option for plastic packaging waste In 2016, 16.7 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste were collected through official schemes in order to be treated. Source: Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH Plastic PACKAGING* waste treatment in 2016 (EU28+NO/CH) *From household, industrial and commercial packaging © PlasticsEurope
  5. 5. In 2016, 5.1 million tonnes of plastic post-consumer waste were collected through official schemes in order to be treated. From 2006 to 2016, the volumes for recycling increased by 76%, energy recovery increased by 64% and landfill decreased by 77%. Plastic waste treatment in Germany 17 4 40 1,960 3,075 38.6% 60.6%0.8%Plastic post-consumer waste treatment in 2016 5.1mt collected plastic post-consumerwaste -77%Landfill Energy recovery +64% Recycling +76% 2016 5,076 kt Total waste collected +41% 20063,599 kt 2,500 2,000 1,87 3 1,500 1,11 2 1,000 500 kt 3,000 2006-2016 evolution of plasticwastetreatment © PlasticsEurope
  6. 6. In 2016, 3 million tonnes of plastic post-consumer packaging* waste were collected through official schemes in order to be treated. From 2006 to 2016, the volume of plastic PACKAGING waste collected for recycling increased by 68%, and landfill decreased by 95%. Plastic PACKAGING waste treatment in Germany 44 2 898 1,510 1,507 50% 49.9% 0.1% 3 mt collected post-consumer plastic packagingwaste Plastic packaging waste treatment in 2016 -95%Landfill Energy recovery +58% Recycling +68% *From household, industrial and commercial packaging 2016 3,019 kt Total packaging waste collected +42% 20062,132 kt 1,25 0 1,000 955 75 0 500 250 kt 1,50 0 2006-2016 evolution of plastic packagingwastetreatment © PlasticsEurope
  7. 7. EXPORTS of plastic materials IMPORTS of plastic materials EXPORTS converted plastics EXPORTS of plastic products EXPORTS of other products packed inplastics CONVERTERS DEMAND of plastic materials PRODUCTION of plastic products CONSUMPTION of plastic products 0 IMPORTS converted plastics PRODUCTION of plastic materials IMPORTS converted plastics IMPORTS of other products packed inplastics In order to understand the life cycle of plastic products it is important to understand that not all plastic products are the same and not all have the same service life. Understanding the life cycle of plastic products © PlasticsEurope
  8. 8. The service life of plastic products goes from less than 1 year to 50 years or more NONCOLLECTEDWASTE COLLECTEDWASTE 41.6% ENERGY RECOVERY 31.1% RECYCLING 27.3% LANDFILL Plastic become waste at the end of their service life PLASTICWASTE generation LIFESERVICE OFPLASTIC PRODUCTS Some plastic products have a shelf life of less than one year, some others, have a lifespan of more than 15 years and some have a service life of 50 years or even more. Thus, from production to waste, different plastic products have different life cycles and this is why the volume of collected waste cannot match, in a single year, the volume of production or consumption. Data for EU28+ NO/CH © PlasticsEurope
  9. 9. Plastic converter demand main market sectors Distribution of European (EU28+NO/CH) plastic converter demand by segment in 2017. Source: PlasticsEurope Market Research Group (PEMRG) and Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH PACKAGING ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC HOUSEHOLD, LEISURE & SPORTS BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION AUTOMOTIVE AGRICULTUR E 19.8 % 4.1 % 10.1 % 3.4 % 16.7 % OTHERS medical equipment, plastic furniture and furniture equipment, technical parts used for mechanical engineering or machine-building, etc. 39.7 % 6.2 % Total converter demand 51.2m t © PlasticsEurope
  10. 10. World and EU plastics production data 2016 2017 WORLD EUROPE(EU28+NO/CH) 60million tonnes 64.4million tonnes 335million tonnes 348million tonnes The world plastic* production almost reached 350 million tonnes in 2017. Source: PlasticsEurope Market Research Group (PEMRG) / Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH Includes thermoplastics, polyurethanes, thermosets, elastomers, adhesives, coatings and sealants and PP-fibers. Not included PET-, PA- and polyacryl-fibers. 2016 201 7 © PlasticsEurope
  11. 11. China is the largest producer of plastics, followed by Europe and NAFTA. World plastics* production: 348 million tonnes. Source: PlasticsEurope Market Research Group (PEMRG) / Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH Distribution of global plastics production *Includes thermoplastics, polyurethanes, thermosets, elastomers, adhesives, coatings and sealants and PP-fibers. Not included PET-, PA- and polyacryl-fibers. 29.4% China 3.9% Japan 16.8% Rest of Asia NAFTA 17.7% Asia Latin America 4% CIS 2.6% 50.1% Europe 18.5% Middle East, Africa 7.1% © PlasticsEurope
  12. 12. Plastics – the Facts2018 An analysis of European plastics production, demand and waste data Get the full report of Plastics - the Facts 2018 via www.plasticseurope.org © PlasticsEurope

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