Posted on 24/07/2018 in category Legislation

BIR member associations and companies around the world discuss Strategy for Recycled Content

BIR member associations and companies in the EU lead call for Recycled Content Mandates for Plastics in European Law

So far the European Commission’s Plastic Strategy fails to make markets for recycled plastics, as voluntary actions are too slow and too weak and give no legal certainty.

EuRIC, the European Recycling Industries Coalition, GREMI, Galloo Plastics, TOMRA are amongst European associations and companies calling for EU Action on Recycled Content Mandates for Plastics. The action calls: for “minimum recycled content requirements for plastic products and packaging”; and for “eco-modulation of fees paid by producers”; besides seeking “innovative approaches through economic incentives and penalties” to encourage recycling of plastic. The Position Paper is available for download HERE

ISRI brings together American Recycling Associations on Recycled Content

In May, ISRI organized a meeting of groups representing various segments of the recycling industry to discuss ways to better collaborate to advance the industry as a whole. The initial meeting was an open discussion aimed at identifying ways throughout the recycling stream to improve quality, increase demand for material, and promote products made with recycled content.

The group released the following statement of cooperation:

“As representatives of the complete recycling chain, we understand that improving the quality of the recycling stream and increasing the demand for recyclables in the manufacture of new products will deliver economic and environmental benefits nationwide. We commit to actively engaging with one another to enhance the nation’s recycling systems, while simultaneously continuing our own organizations’ work to influence change.”

Other organizations participating with ISRI include: American Forest & Paper Association; AMERIPEN; Association of Plastic Recyclers; Keep America Beautiful; Northeast Recycling Council; National Recycling Coalition; National Waste & Recycling Association; Plastics Industry Association; The Recycling Partnership; Southeast Recycling Development Council; Sustainable Packaging Coalition; and Solid Waste Association of North America.