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Study on the PET cycle

According to a new study on the PET market in Europe, the share of rPET could rise to 55 percent by 2030.

55 % of the annual PET demand of European converters could be covered by recycled material, provided certain conditions are met. This is the result of a study conducted by the British consulting firm Eunomia in cooperation with the European Federation of Botteled Waters (EFBW), Petcore Europe and Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE). One of the necessary prerequisites is that the goals of the EU Disposable Plastics Directive are met, thus accelerating the production of rPET. This in turn would require the current recycling capacity to double by 2030. The expected introduction of deposit systems in other European countries will lead to a better quality of the bottles collected. In addition, product design that is more suitable for recycling would play a key role. According to the authors, the relevant guidelines for PET trays, for example, must be applied more widely. According to the study, continued good cooperation between the industry and political decision-makers and partners in the value chain is also necessary to achieve the EU targets and establish a successful PET recycling economy in Europe.


  • Euwid Recycling and Waste Management 7/2020 (11.2.2020)
  • k-zeitung (13.2.2020)
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