Plastic recycling could replace lost export markets, says environment agency

Reprocessing plastic in Europe could provide a source of valuable materials for the manufacturing industry now that many export routes are being shut, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has said.

In a briefing on The Plastic Waste Trade in the Circular Economy, published on Monday, the EEA said Europe was at “a crossroads the EEA regarding its management of plastic” and that recycling in the EU could also provide a net benefit for the European economy, through jobs and added value, and for the environment.

However, it notes that until extra recycling capacity comes online in the EU, there was a “risk of increased incineration and landfilling of plastic waste in Europe”.

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