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Guidelines improve HDPE recycling

EuPR, the Brussels-based organization representing plastics recyclers in Europe, has developed new European eco-design guidelines for HDPE bottles in order to improve HDPE recycling.

According to Christian-Yves Crépet, EuPR HDPE working group chairman, “HDPE is a very good and easily recyclable material.” Today, approximately 300,000 tons of HDPE bottles are being recycled annually in Europe. Unfortunately, this only represents 10 to 15 percent of the HDPE waste generated in Europe.

In order to meet higher plastics recycling targets set out in EU legislation, more plastics material needs to go for recycling within the next five years. Regarding the eco-design, these EuPR guidelines have been developed with the aim of getting a good quality recyclate that can be used again in new products such as, for example, milk bottles with food contact recyclate grades according to existing EU legislation.