European recyclers of sophisticated plastics used in vehicles and electrical and electronic products are calling for urgent measures to boost the sector, especially as recyclers have been so negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Technical plastics recyclers say they have pioneered the recycling of complex thermoplastics over the last 20 years but often with no or little support to stimulate end-markets. Most are represented by EuRIC, the umbrella organisation for European recycling industries, and the European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA), a non-profit group promoting the interests of e-scrap recycling companies.
The two groups are making a joint call for action, saying unless urgent measures are taken there will be a reduction in recycling capacity for technical plastics at a time when a scaling up is essential to meet the EU’s sustainable agenda. Such plastics account for around 20% of overall demand.