Recycling of plastic flexibles has inherent limitations. Despite these inherent limitations, recycling solutions do need to be scaled (bearing in mind that before recycling of plastic flexibles is pursued as a strategy, opportunities for direct elimination, innovative elimination or reuseThe repeated use of a product or component for its intended purpose without significant modification. solutions should always be implemented). Scaling recycling solutions can’t be assumed to be easy — an unprecedented simultaneous effort is required from all stakeholders across design, policy and infrastructure.
Even in Europe, one of the most advanced regions in terms of recycling systems, getting to a mere 30% recycling rate for plastic B2C Flexibles by 2025 requires massive efforts across design, policy, and infrastructure to all start by the end of 2022.
Please see page 5 for the key actions.
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Flexible packaging: The urgent actions needed to deliver circular economy solutions
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