Plastics recycling is an example of a promising entry point into functioning circular economy. In view of a growing shortage of resources and pressing environmental problems, plastics recycling can offer a market-based solution. Initiated by legal regulations, in the future the market will largely regulate the business. Currently, the demand for recycled polymers exceeds the existing supply in Europe.
Mtm plastics in Niedergebra (Thuringia, Germany), member of the Borealis Group, utilises more than 70,000 tons of used plastics from household packaging, bulky household items and industrial, separately collected and sorted. Mtm produces high-quality raw materials for the plastics converting industry. Thus, mtm plastics is one of Europe’s largest re-polyolefin producers. The re-polyolefins are marketed under the brands Dipolen® and Purpolen® throughout Europe. In the plastics converting industry they are for example used for construction and transport packaging applications as well as for household goods. Thus the product range includes pipes, car parts, toys and consumer goods such as buckets or garden tools.
- Every ton of regranulate prevents nearly 2.2 tons of CO2 equivalent compared to virgin plastics.
- Diverting plastics (70,000 tons) from landfills and incineration.
- Supplying secondary resources for the converting industry.
- Creating jobs with secure perspectives.
- Lack of recycling targets for more investment in development of the market and recycling technology.
- Absence of a pan-European landfill ban of plastics waste nor an annually rising landfill tax.
- Lack of eco-design signals in order to improve the recyclability of plastic products.
- Insufficient standards and harmonisation for collecting and sorting for a higher quality of sorted waste.
- No clear and uniform rules of calculating recycling targets.