European plastics producers in bottle recycling drive

European plastics producers have launched a new recycling initiative in response to the EC's proposed Directive on packaging. The Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME) has announced that it is aiming to establish a bottle recycling association for each of three types of plastic, PVC, hdPE and PET, in every country by next April.

The initiative was announced during a plastics industry trade fair in Dusseldorf in October. It is not a direct response to the waste recovery and recycling targets proposed in the draft EC Directive on packaging but will go some way towards meeting them, says Vince Mathews, Executive Director of the APME's Plastics Waste Management Institute.

The EC proposal provides that 90% by weight of packaging must be recovered from the waste stream

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