PlasticsEurope unveils initiative to drive polystyrene recycling solutions

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PlasticsEurope has launched an initiative to promote "innovative recycling solutions for polystyrene, in a push to support the European Union’s circular economy plan". The group said it aims to engage the value chain in the development and industrialisation of promising new recycling technologies.

Focusing on chemical recycling, PlasticsEurope said its 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," said Norbert Niessner, chairman of the Chemical Recycling Working Group after its inaugural meeting. "The target is to generate high-quality polystyrene to meet the most demanding standards, ultimately for food contact applications.

“These technologies, through an extensive collaboration along the value chain, will provide efficient and sustainable solutions to today’s environmental challenges."

PlasticsEurope emphasised that 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,” added Karl-H Foerster, executive director, PlasticsEurope. “New recycling technologies can further enhance the recovery of high value feedstock from consumer waste."

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