A milestone in Europe was achieved in 2006 – It was the first year when more than 50% of plastics ending up as waste was recovered , either by being recycled to be used for new plastics -or used as energy source. Eight countries recover more than 80 percent of waste plastic: Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Norway.
Sponsors of the report on recycled plastic include the industry organizations PlasticsEurope, EuPC (European Plastics Converters), EuPR (European Plastics Recyclers) and EPRO (European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations).
However, plastic is a relatively young raw material and the technical plastics only have about 50 years behind them, which explains the scope and speed of the development of the method. Knowledge about plastics is also generally inadequate, which does not make recycling any easier.
After 5,000 years with metals, no one today would ever think of collecting different types of metal (hard, soft, refined), melting them down together and then gladly concluding that we’ve recycled metal. Everyone knows that this mixture would be essentially worthless and lack any commercial application.
Collecting two types of plastic material – hard and soft – the way we do today is just as inappropriate as the example with metals. The end product from a mixture of polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), PVC, PET, etc., could at best only be used in noncritical applications such as planks, boards or park benches. In a country that is mainly covered with trees these products would seem to be rather redundant; therefore our subsidiary Rondo only focuses on recycling well defined useful material flows, mainly for industrial purposes.