Give a second life to your packaging waste



In recent decades, and especially in recent years, the consumption of plastic materials has seen a gradual and steady increase. The increase in consumption is mainly due to the advantages of using plastic in certain applications due to its low cost, density, corrosion resistance and versatility.

José Luis Diéguez y Beatriz Vallejo - ITENE


Alongside the increase in the consumption of plastic material, there has been a gradual increase in the generation of plastic waste. According to data provided by Plastic Europe (1), in 2020, a total of 29.5 Mt of post-consumer plastics were collected in Europe, of which only 34.6% was recycled, while most of the waste collected was destined for incineration, 42%, or landfilled 23.4%. This loss of material is due, in many cases, to the fact that the technical complexity of some waste makes its recovery unfeasible.

These figures are far from the objectives pursued by Europe, as set out in European directives such as the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 2018/852/EC (2) or the Landfill Directive 2018/850/EC. These directives establish a gradual increase in recycling rates, aiming to achieve the recycling of 50% of plastic by 2025, and 55% by 2030. Similarly, the Green Deal (3), the Great European Green Pact, sets out, through 50 specific actions, the roadmap to be followed, promoting the transition to a Europe with fewer emissions and a climate-neutral Europe by 2050...YOU CAN CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE, WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS, IN THE ONLINE EDITION OF OUR PRINTED MAGAZINE THROUGH THE FOLLOWING LINK

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