The recycling of plastic materials in community waste in Europe - The best practices, Silvia Buchmann 05.11.2013

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The recycling of plastic materials in community waste in Europe - The best practices, Silvia Buchmann 05.11.2013

  1. 1. The recycling of plastic materials in community waste in Europe - The best practices Silvia Buchmann 05.11.2013
  2. 2. World plastics production 1950-2012
  3. 3. Life Cycle of Plastics in 2012
  4. 4. The European Union's approach to waste management
  5. 5. Plastic packaging has the highest recycling and energy recovery rate
  6. 6. Netherlands – 2012 over 50% recycled • Plastic packaging collection only started in 2009 • ¾ of the collected material got recycled in 2012 • Companies (producers and importers) are legally obliged to separately collect all the plastic waste and offer for recycling. • They pay a waste management fee for financing the system of collection and recycling • Collections: – Underground containers that condense the plastic – In containers at street level – house-to-house with transparent bags
  7. 7. Germany – 2012 over 40% recycled • • • • collected in transparent yellow bags or bins Recycled plastic can keep up with virgin plastic economically reasonable, much cheaper goal for 2015: more than 60%
  8. 8. European Plastics Demand by Resin Type 2012
  9. 9. The Technique (Germany - PP)
  10. 10. Products out of recycled PP Plastics
  11. 11. PE is very sought
  12. 12. PVC recycling in the UK • by selective dissolution and filtration • a virgin-like recycled PVC compound • Plastic recycling target by 2017 is 57% (28% in 2012)
  13. 13. Utilization e.g. Germany • more than 90% in Germany • the rest mainly in Europe • Otherwise only certified customers • "Green Fence" policy by Chinese government: dam the import of unsorted, inferior plastic waste to China • The Green Dot doesn’t export unsorted plastic waste.
  14. 14. Thank you for your attention!

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