PlasticsEurope announces recycling solutions initiative for polystyrene
PlasticsEurope has launched an initiative to promote recycling solutions for polystyrene, in a push to support the European Union’s circular economy plan.
Focusing on chemical recycling, the PlasticsEurope initiative aims at converting collected post-consumer polystyrene waste into virgin polystyrene. New technologies will enable the incorporation of post-consumer waste into plastic manufacturers’ production processes. The target is to generate high-quality polystyrene to meet the most demanding standards, ultimately for food contact applications.
Norbert Niessner, chairman of the Chemical Recycling Working Group, says, “These technologies, through an extensive collaboration along the value chain, will provide efficient and sustainable solutions to today’s environmental challenges.”
“The initiative paves the way to increasing the circularity of plastics. Finding new ways to recycle represents an increased opportunity to save valuable resources for future generations and avoid plastics ending up in landfills,” comments Karl-H. Foerster, executive director, PlasticsEurope.
“New recycling technologies can further enhance the recovery of high value feedstock from consumer waste”, he explains.